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Student column: Be happy with who you are

It takes a lot to surprise me. Waking up to find the world ending in the morning would probably be a shock, but still, I'm fairly difficult to surprise.

A couple days ago I pondered on the question, "what makes you beautiful?" Then while I was talking to my friend the question changed. It was no longer, "what makes you beautiful?" but instead "How could this beautiful girl not see that she is?"

Most girls have been in a position where they've questioned their looks, weight and confidence. What we seem to forget sometimes is that there will always be someone to love you for who you are. I know it sounds kind of like a cliché, but it's true.

The conversation is always the same:

"I'm fat."

"Omigod, shut up, no you're not!"

I'm kind of tired of it. Your jean size doesn't define how pretty you are. I've seen prettier size sevens than triple zeros. Models today are partially to blame for it; I know that's another cliché, but it's true. Most are very unrealistic by many standards or flat out gross. Besides, being that thin has downsides too; I'd rather stick with being a 25XL in my BKE jeans and have a butt and boobs, than be a 00 and be a board on both sides. News flash, guys want to be able to hug you without the fear of snapping you in half.

Who says you're not beautiful anyways? Some egotistic jerk thinks you're not good enough? Well, we all know what he can put in his juice box and do.

Being yourself and believing in who you are can be a fantastic trait to have. No one will but you will ever have any right to judge you on your looks. Your personality may be a different story, but we won't go down that road. When you're not influenced by others, your true colors really shine through. In the end, your personality will be the thing that people fall in love with.

Being confident is probably the biggest factor on your inner beauty. If you believe you can do something, you can accomplish anything and have almost everything you want. Being scared and timid will get you nowhere in life. When you're confident you tend to put yourself out there and be known. Instead of being afraid of rejection your whole life, whether it be from a certain person or just people in general, put yourself up for success by being heard. What you do and say is what people will notice more than just who you are.

If you can get through this whole article and say that none of this pertains to you because you are already confident and know you're beautiful, stop lying. At one point or another in your life you will question something about yourself, whether it's now or later. If you just remember who you are and what you are capable of, no one can ever break you down. When someone judges on appearance it's only because they're self-conscious themselves. Never forget that you are a beautiful person no matter what society, your classmates or even people you don't know say. In the end it doesn't even matter because who you are is who you were always meant to be.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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