Don't Judge A Book By It's Cover

Every Person Is A Book, A Story Yet To Be Read

"Don't judge a book by its cover, see a man by his cloth, as there is often a good deal of solid worth and superior skill underneath a jacket and yaller pants." - Piqua Democrat Newspaper, June 1867

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We're often told not judge a book by its cover, but how often do we apply this logic to others? There are many different variations of books - old, new, short, long, dull, bright, used, unused; the list goes on and on. For every type of book, there's a type of person. It's said that we make a first impression of someone within the first 7 seconds of meeting them. We often scout out a book based on its cover, and how appealing it looks. In this manner, we are always sub-consciously judging people, by the way they look, the way they act and even by the way they dress. Only once we push our judgment aside, can we truly understand the type of person they are and learn their story.

Every person is a book, their life documented in the pages of their memory. Older books look unappealing and boring, but among those pages are stories of great adventure. Some pages might be torn out or missing which resembles the loss of memory, other pages worn or ruined caused by sickness and suffering. But older books have more character to them, a story from a different time, a different reality. Stories that give wisdom and history, maybe not as enjoyable, but offer a chance to revisit the past or even an interesting lesson.

Books with pictures seem more alluring and appealing, much like the people that glamorize their life with pictures they post online. A picture might be worth a thousand words, but when that picture is altered or a modification of the truth that doesn't reflect the words in the book, it's rendered meaningless - much like a wordy essay just trying to reach the word count.

Dusty books left on shelves are the people that feel invisible in life. A beautiful story that's just waiting for someone to take it off the shelf, dust it off, and open it up. Books found in the bottom of piles or used as a support for other books resemble those who feel invisible in society, but without them, society would crumble. They are the people with jobs that we take for granted - garbage collectors, sewage workers, construction workers, workers in retail and the food industry, teachers. This is another list that goes on and on.

Some books are more secure than others, binding a lock resembling people that feel insecure about opening up to people. These people are hard to open up and only once their key is found - facing their insecurities, will they be able to fully open up. All of us have insecurities though, text that we try to cover up with a layer of dust, a line blotted or crossed out. There is always a part of us that we wished we could erase. But what's done is done, our history is written in ink and no matter how much we try to cover it up, it will always remain a part of us. In accepting our insecurities, our story continues and can end on a happy note rather than a sad one.

Once we reach our last page, our story ends. The memory of us lives on in the ones that took the time to read and get to know us. Some books that made great discoveries or advancements to society will be recalled for generations to come much like the great minds in history. Other books that were a great read will be talked about and some made into movies much like the celebrities and great leaders in our time that have fame and recognition. However, what about those books that only have a few readers? They might never be talked about or shared, but they mattered to the people that read them. They made a difference in those people's lives and will affect their stories.

"Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly." - John 7:24

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The Horrible Tale of Medusa

Medusa is known as a monster, but what led a beautiful and faithful servant girl to turn into a snake monster?
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One of the most popular beings from Greek mythology is not even a god or a monster; she is actually a cursed woman who is a victim to a horrendous crime. Her name meant "guardian" and "protectress." Her tale shows the cruelty of the Greek gods and how mankind is nothing but items to the gods. Medusa is known as a woman with snakes for hair and a gaze that turns men into stone. But who knows the truth behind this woman? This is her story.

Medusa was a priestess to the goddess Athena, the virgin goddess of wisdom and battle. One requirement to be a priestess for Athena is that the young woman must be a virgin and give her life to the goddess. One day, Poseidon, the god of the Sea and rival to Athena, saw Medusa and decided to humiliate Athena by raping the priestess on the steps of Athena's temple. Poseidon vanished after he was done and left Medusa vulnerable and weak.

Medusa prayed to Athena for guidance and forgiveness. After all, in those days, the gods claimed their mates as their partner forever, and Medusa was now Poseidon's wife. Athena looked down in anger and cursed Medusa for betraying her. Medusa was sent to a faraway island and was cursed so that no man would want her. She was given chicken legs, giant metal wings, cracked skin, madness, and her signature snake hair and stone eyes. Medusa was now a monster woman.

Medusa was banished from civilization to an island by herself. She was alone and only saw men chase her, trying to kill her. She looked at them in fear and saw them turn to stone in front of them. She was scared of her powers and angry at the gods for cursing her. She took her revenge on the men that were sent to kill her. Anybody who took one step on her island were marked now for death at the hands of the Gorgon Medusa.

Years later and many men later, Perseus came to the island with a shield from Athena, flying shoes from Hermes and a sword and crown from Zeus. He outsmarted Medusa and cut off her head to take back with him to save his mother from marrying a jerk. From Medusa's body came a winged horse, Pegasus, and a golden warrior named Chrysaor. Many years later, Perseus presented the head of Medusa to Athena, who took the severed head and turned it into an ultimate shield with a metal head of Medusa terrifying many enemies with a single look.

Medusa was a loyal woman who spent her youth training to become a priestess to a goddess she worshiped and believed was the strongest of all the Olympians. Athena also liked Medusa because Medusa was a beautiful woman who chose the goddess instead of any man. However, the immortal feud between Athena and Poseidon affects much more than just those two; it splits Olympus and ruins many lives.

Their feud has 3 main spikes: the representative of Athens, the events with Odysseus, and the claiming of Medusa. Medusa, after being raped, was cursed for betraying her goddess. Medusa's destiny was a harsh one she had no control over. However, she does spend all her life with Athena, as she protects her goddess against many foes. So, in a twisted series of events, Medusa fulfills her role of protecting Athena. However, it also led to snakes hating mankind for worshiping the Olympians. This is one story that shows the cruelty of the Greek Gods.

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It's 2019, And I Can Confirm One Size Does Not Fit All, At All

I'll take feeling good over meeting your standards. Thank you.

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We live in a society where being yourself and expressing who you truly are is something that is becoming more and more accepted and is actually trendy. Left and right, people are coming forward and declaring who they are and want to be in life and there is a crowd of people there to cheer them on.

There is also always that small percent sitting in the corner, ready to throw derogatory comments and taint the self-love, respect, and acceptance that's flowing.

Every single time this happens, the internet breaks and feuds form in the comment sections. How many times does this fight have to be had before people just mind their own business? How someone looks is frankly none of your concern. Whether you think the person is too fat, too skinny, too girly, too rough, too whatever, it's none of your business.

I'm a firm believer that one should focus on their own life instead of living to tear others down. You should be more concerned with feeling good in your own body than wasting your energy trying to make people ashamed of theirs. It's not your place to comment on someone's appearance.

We should work on building up confidence and feeling good in our skin. Exercising, working on your mental health, and surrounding yourself with good energy will improve your life exponentially. DO NOT do this to achieve an aesthetic or try to look like an Instagram model. Only do it to feel good about yourself internally. What you look like on the outside should only matter to you.

I would be lying if I said I didn't fall victim to countless beautiful women who post their swimsuit photos looking like they stepped out of Vogue magazine. I would be lying if I said I didn't struggle with my own body image and have to remind myself daily that it's okay to not fit their mold. I won't lie to you. We live in a world that feels the need to comment on every inch of our skin rather than focus on more important issues. Shut off the noise and ignore the words that are given in hate. You have better things to do than focus on their negativity.

Make your own mold.

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