Wednesday, September 17, 2014
What My Father Taught Me About Beauty
In general, we tend to talk about mothers when it comes to beauty. We remember her favourite perfumes, how she complained about her nonexistent eyelashes, and when she braided our hair. Most of us got into our mother's makeup drawers and made a royal mess- or at least, I did. Mothers teach us a lot about beauty.
However, I think fathers teach their daughters a lot about beauty too. I am incredibly lucky to have a supportive, patient father. He's my biggest cheerleader and science-fiction movie watching buddy. My taste in music in part comes from being in the car with him growing up- no kid's CDs for us! My dad taught me a lot about science and loving the world around me. He's always ready for a new adventure (he constantly wears an "adventure hat"), and has encouraged me to follow my passions.
My father always says that when I put on makeup, I'm "fancy". If we go out to eat and I dress up, I look "pretty". In my prom dress, I was "stunning". However, I'm beautiful all the time, and he tells me that randomly. Regardless of what I've put on my face, I am beautiful to him not because of how I look. I'm beautiful to my father because I'm hardworking and passionate about what I do.
I think that's something important to remember, and it's definitely the most important thing my father has passed on to me about beauty. No matter how many tutorials on smokey eye I look up, I'm beautiful regardless of how nice my eye makeup looks. You can be as fancy as you'd like on the outside, but there is no substitute for a beautiful character.
Happy 60th, Dad. You mean the world to me, and I love you so much!