“Beauty Begins The Moment You Decide To Be Yourself” -Coco Chanel

Most people including myself, one time or at this present moment in their life have been afraid of being themselves. We fear scrutiny, pain, judgements, and the fear of the unknown, but where’s the beauty in a life of fear? What I’ve discovered is that there is none. There’s no excitement, no fulfillment, no joy in hiding. There’s no happiness living life afraid of expressing who you are. We can be happy of course, but in life we don’t only want happiness, we should strive for joy. Joy because I believe we feel joy within our souls.

“Be Yourself” they say,  but what does that really mean? It took me a long time to realize what it truly means to be yourself, unapologetically. For me it means to not apologize, or make any excuses, for living your  life the way you choose. To realize that where you are in this moment, and at this time, is exactly where you’re supposed to be . To chase every dream you desire no matter how foolish it may seem to others. It means to wake up each morning and do whatever it is that brings you joy, peace, and serenity. It means to unapologetically and fearlessly live your life, for yourself. To chase your dreams, no matter how big or small. To never settle, no matter what age, or obstacles faced. To forget what people think, to not follow trends, but set them, to speak up when the need to. It means to never apologize for wanting the things you desire, and to have the courage to be yourself even when it seems impossible.

The moment you decide to be yourself I truly believe magic happens. The spark in your eye comes alive, joy overflows in your heart, your soul is set on fire with passion, and life has new meaning. Your dreams seem bigger, and the world seems a little bit easier. The moment you decide to be yourself, this is when the true beauty that radiates from your soul is seen. It’s already hard just being alive in this world, let’s not make it harder by not living . Beauty isn’t about a look or physical appearance, it’s about captivating the heart, and setting your soul free. Be you and do whatever it is that’s going to make your world beautiful.

-Nakia Brooks

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