This object can be tall, small, circular, rectangular, silver, bronze, gold, black, brown, or white. The list could go on forever. This object does not talk aloud, but it does talk through words. This object does not walk or run, but it can be walked or run from. This object does not cry, but it definitely has a shoulder to cry on. This object does not smile, but it definitely watches you smile.
This object is not just an object. It has many different jobs, many different people, and many different purposes. Whether you reside in a mansion on the beach, a bench in a park, or a dorm room on campus, this object can change your life.
Have you ever hated looking at your own reflection? Have you ever struggled with finding yourself? Have you ever hated your outfit one day? I think it is safe to say that we all have experienced some sort of disconnect within our own minds.
This object is definitely a common denominator between self-image, self-expression, and self-empowerment.
When you are just a toddler running around, you would never think of this object as an important piece of life. When you're staring at yourself for the first time, you probably do not even understand the concept. However, this object has a lot of importance in our lives.
Poor body image. Self-esteem issues. Disappointment. Regret. Depression. Anxiety. Happiness. Beauty. Confidence. Each and every one of these things can be found within this one single object. No matter how big or how small your object is, there is a big meaning inside.
As I sit here writing this, I am wondering how often we as humans look at our reflection a day? If I'm being honest, probably an insane amount of times!
This object has value. Not monetary value, but spiritual value. Value that will never be taken from you. Value that sticks forever. Value that can be changed. Value that can be positive. Value that can be negative. Value that is imperative for human growth.
Close your eyes. Can you remember the first time you looked at yourself in the mirror? What did it feel like? What did you think about? What did you say?
Well, no matter what time in your life you are thinking about, I can assure you of one thing: you saw yourself in a way that no one else can see.
The best thing about a mirror is the endless chances you receive to change the image that you see. You have your entire life, if you need it, to make this view the BEST view of your entire life— the view of yourself!
It may feel weird at times. It may be depressing at times. It may be short at times. It may be amazing at times. Hey, it is okay. I promise.
The beauty about looking into the mirror is achieving and changing what YOU want to look at. If you want to see a skinner waist on yourself, you have the ability to change that view. If you want to smile bright, you have the ability to change that. If you want to cry your eyes out to this object, you have the ability to do so.
Anything with this object is possible and forever changeable. A mirror is a significant part of our everyday lives. We may be brushing our teeth staring in the mirror, posing for a selfie, or even crying our eyes out. In each of these instances, one thing remains the same: no one else can change this view that you see.
When you look into the mirror, you are creating what you see. You are creating the way you view your own reflection. No one in this world can make you think, feel, or view yourself differently in this mirror. The only person who can truly paint this view is YOU.
There are times in life where it may be really challenging. Maybe you got broken up with, maybe you failed a test, or maybe you are overweight still. But at the end of the day, you have endless chances to change this, to make yourself comfortable looking in that mirror.
Day to day, I do not expect each and every one of you to think about this object. I do not expect you to change that view overnight or even be pleased with it on a specific day. You may love the view on Tuesday and hate it on Wednesday. But guess what— you have another chance!
Between classes in college, working a 9-5, or even being a parent to a child, we lose the value of small objects in our lives. We do not think about these objects on a daily basis. Without this object, our world would lack individuality, self-empowerment, and confidence.
I truly believe this object can change people's lives when they start paying attention to "that view," that view that sticks to your soul that no one can take from you.
Next time you have the chance to stare at yourself in the mirror, I want you to ask yourself one question: "Do I like the view?"