- Smriti Gour
What did you see in the mirror today?
The lipstick you spent long minutes on?
Or that the shade was too much for you?
That makeup was just a con?
How did the tens of selfies make you feel?
That maybe you should have taken a few more?
Or that the filters couldn’t hide your faults
Or how unflattering was the dress you wore?
Did you feel as confident as you looked?
Or did your smile wobble at the barbed words?
Did you let their opinions bother you?
Will you now follow the herds?
Are you using their adjectives for you?
Too fat , too thin or too loud?
“Just a pretty face,” did you let them tell you?
Did you just want to blend in the crowd?
Have you ever felt beautiful?
Only for the camera to not agree?
The pictures don’t define your beauty
You are more than what the lens can see
Did you let them dim your ambition?
Because deep down, you believed them
Did you let yourself think, too
That you were roadside rubble and not a gem?
Did you confidence take a beating?
At the thoughtless critique that follows you everywhere?
Did you get offered advice?
About your weight, or the fact that you weren’t fair?
Are your smiles muted?
And do you feel not enough?
Will you believe me when I tell you,
We’re all, at worse, diamonds in the rough?
Just breathe and keep going
One step after another
You’ve got this, all on your own
And you don’t need approval of others
I believe in you
And I repeat, I believe you’ve got this
Only you define your limits
And there’s always a way out of the abyss