By Monineath Bunyay
This blog was developed as part of the Voices of Youth blogging internship assignment requirement. Views expressed here are those of the author’s and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UNICEF.
The reflection in the mirror shows a beautiful girl
With big brown eyes and silky curls.
But she is afraid, depressed, confused,
For society indirectly tells her that she needs a ‘thinner’ body and a ‘prettier’ look,
Provoking her to live uncomfortably throughout the chapters of her own book.
To survive in such a judgemental weather,
Everyone and everything are simply nothing but pressure.
A glimpse of society becomes too treacherous.
Comparing herself with how ‘perfect’ others are,
She leaves her poor soul nothing but scars.
The reflection in the mirror shows another beautiful girl,
She is as precious as a pure ocean pearl.
But as her teenage years arrive,
Hormones riddle acne on her face.
That is when she traps herself inside an illusory hiding place.
Until she is caged within the circle of self-hatred,
All her days meant for sunshine and glee wasted.
Strength surrenders to weakness.
Like a bird, pecking its own wings,
She is lost and confused in the anxiety ring.
But another girl looks at her reflection in the mirror,
The view of her lovely face couldn’t be clearer.
When it comes to looks, she knows she isn’t ‘perfect’.
And yet society’s image of beautiful doesn’t phase her,
Because she doesn’t care what other looks they prefer.
Refusing to let the insecurities get to her,
She knows it is always best to be herself no matter
What label people try to trap her in.
They can judge, mock or tease her in all kinds of ways.
But that will never change the fact she is the queen of her own broadway.
JUST LIKE THE LAST GIRL IN THE MIRROR, BE YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, JUST THE WAY YOU ARE. DON’T LET ANYONE CHANGE THAT.
Originally posted on Tuesday, September 6, 2016