A reflection of self-worth.
First of all, I think you are beautiful and I love your writing style! I was always the "lesser" of three sisters. I didn't do as well in school, I didn't have as many friends, I didn't like waking up early enough to put on make-up or fix my hair, I wasn't artistic and creative like they are, I didn't have boyfriends like they did until I was older. I remember the feeling of wanting to recreate myself, to be something more, something other than hiding in the shadows of the "Powers" twins. Eventually though, and through a lot of soul searching like yourself, I fell in love with myself. I have found that is a very purposeful thing! Every single day, you get to decide who you are, what you will be, and how beautiful you are. There is a reason for the saying "beauty is in the eye of the beholder", and it has nothing to do with anybody else. You are the person who looks at you the most! So beauty, my dear, is in your eyes. God bless, and I wish you much success in your future endeavors.
Great piece. As someone who followed a similar teenage path to the author but is now 29, I’d love to write something ‘in dialogue’ with it, about how this feeling can evolve across the length of your 20s, and how it comes into professional life too, even though it ought not to.
A moving and very powerful piece. Encapsulates a really unique feeling that is hard to explain, but done so beautifully here.