We all know everybody has their own tastes and preferences. That which may be beautiful to you may not be beautiful to someone else. So let’s look at different avenues and discover beauty. What is the essence of beauty? Is it about style, appearance or character, and is there a definite answer to what true beauty really is?
The essence of beauty unraveled
When we define beauty, it is said to be “a combination of qualities, such as shape, colour, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight”.
By this we come to understand that beauty is not a static thing. It cannot be translated as only one thing, a definite answer. We come to understand that there is beauty in many things, and you can experience beauty in various ways.
The essence of beauty can also change. When we look at some examples about physical beauty we see how views and opinions change through the ages. For example, during the 1920s a woman’s beauty was considered being slim with bobbed hair, whereas in the 1980s what was seen as beauty in women was diverse ethnicities and even “big hair”. But even before these ages (going back into ancient times), and even now in the present we see various depictions of what beauty is or looks like. This will also continue to change in the future, as new products, new ways of living, and new outlooks on life start changing and progressing.
It is not too much to say that beauty really depends on each individual’s insight, feelings and preferences. However, society does play a big role in presenting what beauty is or what it should look like. This influences a lot of people’s opinions (either for or against what society suggests beauty is). This in turn also influences people’s behavior in terms of that beauty. For example, if glittery eye shadow is considered beautiful this week, many girls and woman start buying this glittery eye shadow and start parading in public with their glittery eyes. However, if an individual decides that actually it does not look beautiful, she will not buy that product, but instead display herself to what she thinks is beautiful (for example smokey eyes).
Like this, we see that beauty comes in different forms, and people have different opinions.
Forms of beauty, an inside-out look
Beauty is typically understood from a visual point of view, however, that is not to say that it is only a visual experience. One can be described as smelling beautiful, sounding beautiful – and in the case of edibles – tasting beautiful. “Beautiful” or “beauty” as a word and as a concept is merely an expression for our appreciation of something.
To dig into this a bit deeper, think of the expression “ouch!”. This expresses that we have experienced pain. In the same way beauty is an expression of admiration. Therefore, to say something is beautiful is a fallacy and rather it is your perception of the object or image that is beautiful.
When we think about it, beauty can be all around us. We just need to dig into it and truly see, feel, smell, hear or taste it. Even a blind person can “see beauty”.
Beauty can be in the way a person dresses, what a person physically looks like, how a person smells, how a person talks or even how a person walks. But beauty is not limited to only people. When you look around you, there is beauty in nature, and yes, even beauty in man-made objects.
If you are sitting outside, look around you and see, feel, smell and hear the surrounding beauty. If you are indoors, take it in and look at the things around you…don’t you see beauty as well? It could be the painting on your wall, or it could even be just the beautiful shape of the chair you are sitting on. But again, just because I think that the diamond-shaped back-rest on my chair is beautiful, doesn’t mean that it is beautiful to everyone.
Beauty can be seen from inside-out, or from outside-in. Beauty is what you make of it. No matter what other people say, think or feel about something, if you think someone or something is beautiful, then it simply just is.
Opinions of beauty, some interesting quotes
Yes, everyone will have his or her own opinions of beauty, and that is what makes it so special. I can fancy something so much because I think it is beautiful, whereas the person next to me might think something else is more beautiful. In this way, the things, people and the nature around us get treasured and preserved. Again, when one thinks something is beautiful, it in turn changes their behavior towards it.
If your husband thinks you are the image of beauty, he will treasure and protect you. If you think trees are the image of beauty you will want to preserve and protect the trees around you. If you think your phone is beautiful, you will treasure that too.
So let’s look at what people think of beauty. Let’s look at some interesting and thought provoking quotes about beauty.
“Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family. It is the advancement of man, the victory of a just cause, the triumph of truth.” – Menachem Begin
“The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.” – Audrey Hepburn
“Beauty is when you can appreciate yourself. When you love yourself, that’s when you’re most beautiful.” – Zoe Kravitz
“No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart”. – Shanina Shaik
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius
Did the above make you think a little? I sure did. What are your thoughts about beauty?
What is true beauty according to you?
There is something inherently beautiful about life, and for that reason I believe that all life and existence is beautiful in some way or another. Every single person on this planet has a purpose, and a beauty about them. Whether they realize this or not is up to them.
Society (Western and Eastern) constantly throws this idea of beauty in our faces. In these situations we find people who fall within this narrow spectrum of beauty or we fall outside of it. At the time that we are faced with this judgment it can be quite daunting, especially if we are rejected as a result of these criteria. This can be quite traumatic among teens as it seems as though many teens and young adults develop this fear that they will never be accepted or loved based on their appearance and deviation from “traditional” beauty, or rather society’s view of beauty.
But instead of listening to external views on what is beautiful we should ask ourselves, “what would a beautiful person look like to me?”. When we do this we begin a very important step in self-development. This is the step when we begin to discover what our ideal self would look like, we begin to reflect on the person we are and the person we would like to be. A person we can be proud of.
Life is a journey of discovery and development. There are experiences that we can and cannot control, but we can take control of our own perceptions of our self. We can decide what type of life we would like to lead and the relationships we would like to develop. We can all have beautiful lives, but we need to define what a beautiful me would look like, and by extension what would a beautiful life look like.
By really searching our true selves, we come to see beauty from within, we see beauty in ourselves, we see beauty around us. Does this not lead to a happier feeling and a more fulfilling life? So look at yourself, search your inner-most self, and even write it down if you must, but what is true beauty to you?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
We’ve all heard this saying, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. I alluded to this earlier, about beauty being more about perception rather than an attribute.
We often find our self caught in the trap of external definitions of beauty, rather than developing our own definition of beauty. That is why a lot of people have a poor self-image. The reason is that they do not realize how important they really are, not only in terms of developing in terms of their own beauty, but also in terms of contributing to the beauty of others and the beauty of the world around them.
Let’s make it a mission in life to find beauty in everything we do, see, touch, feel, say, hear, smell and taste. I am sure it will lead to a happier you, a happier life and a happier world.
I would love to hear from you. What are your thoughts on beauty? What do you think the essence of beauty is? Please leave your comments and thoughts below. You too could inspire someone to see beauty in everything.