Born with a great talent but with an equal measure of self-doubt, he considered himself to be downright ugly and unlikable. As a child, he would run away from society and used his rudeness as a self-defense. Then one day he got punched in the face by another boy who was extremely jealous of his artistic ability. Left with a broken nose and a permanent scar, he became even more of a recluse and channelled all his creativity into his art.
Today, Michelangelo is known as one of the greatest artists of Italian Renaissance and is remembered for some of the greatest works of art like the sculptures of David and Pieta and the famous painting of the Sistine Chapel.
Being ugly did not stop him from doing what he loved and it should not stop us either. Ugliness, like beauty, comes in various forms and does not only refer to appearances or visual appeal. Dyslexia, ADHD, Stammer, Low Self Esteem, Limited intelligence, disabilities of any sort are all a form of perceived ugliness and only the individual who has such a condition can know how challenging everyday living could be.
But then, why should it be so?
You don’t need to be intelligent to feel Love.
You don’t just need physical strength to face your challenges.
You don’t have to be beautiful for your creativity to shine out.
Truthful is he who says what is true, Even if the truth is ugly.
Ugly is he who measures beauty by its exterior, Without first weighing the interior.
And ugly is the man who judges harshly what he sees looking out, Without first judging what he sees in the mirror. ― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun
In a way, being ugly is a big advantage because you don’t have to worry about the mass of people who only value superficial beauty. The people who stand by you despite your challenges are the only people who matter anyways!
So don’t cower in the shadows. Don’t berate yourself for your limitations. There are none. Accept yourself first before you want others to accept you. Believe that you are a masterpiece of creation and are beautiful in your own right.
THE EVOLVING BACKPACKER
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