Once upon a time in a far away land. A land… named after an Indian chief…..Chief Moses Lake. There lived a girl who was very pretty. This girl was attractive, successful and surrounded by love. She had an infectious sense of humor that was a pleasure for all those who met her. She was amazing.
One day she was approached by a man who wore a gold chain. He wore khaki pants, chambray button shirts and tiny, Eenie, weeny Hush Puppy shoes and had little, tiny hands. He pampered her and spoiled her with flowers, trips and lots of love. Finally, he swept her off her feet and took her away to a strange land surrounded by beautiful lights, tall buildings, a beautiful bay and millions of people. At last, this girl had met her Prince Charming.
Life was good until one day, Prince Charming turned in to a big, bad wolf. He huffed and he puffed, he was mean and constantly on the prowl. Rejection happened. Cancer happened. Failure happened. She was no longer the pretty girl she once was. She lost her self-confidence, strength, dignity and lost her beauty too. One day, this girl had enough. Surrounded by angels she walked away from her fairy tale that wasn’t a fairy tale at all. Life was hard. Life was devastating. But something inside her happened. While she was no longer the pretty girl she once was on the outside, she became beautiful on the inside. While others failed to recognize the beauty she now had on the inside, she recognized the pretty girl she had become on the inside. She no longer worried about what others thought, she became focused on helping others. Life for her was no longer the same. It was better.
Once upon a time, I used to think I had to be pretty. I don’t anymore. Today I have a small piece of my skin missing. The possibility of skin cancer doesn’t scare me nor does the possibility of being rejected because I’m no longer the “hot chick” with a “hot” body anymore. My long hair is gone. I have scars on my body and most of all scars on my heart but it doesn’t bother me. I follow many other blogs. Some talk about their insecurities regarding their weight, their lack of beauty. What I have to say to them is this. It’s not what’s on the outside that makes you pretty. It’s what’s on the inside. You can be the most beautiful person in the world yet have a horrible heart. No matter how pretty you are on the outside, that ugliness that lives inside of you makes you just as ugly.
Be kind. Accept yourself for who you are. Treat others with respect and kindness. You will become a beautiful person for it. Inside and out. And If you ask me….I’m pretty darn beautiful on the inside and so are you if you want to be. Who cares about the scars. True beauty comes from who you are on the inside. I miss the girl I once was. I miss my life, the love of my children and I miss having money. I miss being the “hot chick”. I even miss having a partner. Despite not having those things I can honestly say I’m still the Velma I once was but I’m happy to say…much better. Scars and all. Like Bruno Mars would say….I’m Amazing.
So proud & happy for you, Velma. This is your story, & you’ve sailed through all of the roadblocks, knocking each one down with your positive attitude the support of family & friends & the love of God. Each lesson we learn from Him makes us a stronger, wiser person. May you continue your journey & spread the word that with God, all things are possible. Sending you big blessings & love, Jill
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Thank you so much for this Jill. You my dear friend are beautiful inside and out and have been dear to me for many years. I’m grateful to call you my friend
You have Always been Beautiful! When Your hair was gone You Seriously had a Perfect head! I still saw Beauty, I saw You as being Hurt badly & kicked down, but You still, even when You felt like Crap You took time to befriend Homeless People! That takes a Strong Woman. And Velma You are beautiful inside & out now & You were then You were too Sick to see it! 💖💖✝
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Thank you so much for this Patty. Your touching words mean so much to me. You too are strong and beautiful and an overcomer