You Are More

Courtesy of Selah

 

I wish you could look into the mirror and see beyond your face, way past the surface to see more. More than what the world sees, more than what your friends see, more than I or even you can see. That is what you are. You are more than any label or stereotype, bigger than any first glance or expectation. You are more.

You are more than the makeup and the way you style your hair, more than the clothes and magazines, more than all that frustration spent on trying to live up to some ridiculous, unobtainable idea. You are not your age, not your weight, not your eye color, hair color, skin color. You are much, much more.

You are more than your schedules and routines, habits and compulsions, more than a bubbly social butterfly, more than the hidden shyness. You are more than the movies, video games, music and trends you love. More than the chores and homework, more than the job and the role you play. You are everything beyond the impossible projects and all the conflicts you hate.

You are more than all of your exceptional high points, more than all of the things that you never want anyone to know about. Anything that you feel ashamed about – you are more than that, more than those secrets that you keep bottled up because you think you’d bother others with them. You are more than any shortcomings you think you see on the outside, more than any kind of judgment you hastily cast on yourself attempting to be “enough.”

You are more than a trusting friend, much more than comic relief. Witty remarks and banter don’t even scratch the surface! You are more than your place in your family, more than the position in your social circle you happen to fill.

You are more than your sex and the clothes that emphasize or hide it. There is so much more to you than straight lines or sloping curves, more than strong come-ons and coy glances. Yes you are all of the things that all girls and women are, but you are not reduced down to being just those things. You are much, much more.

You are more than angry outbursts, more than confusion about the future regarding yourself and the world. You are so much more than all of your nighttime unvoiced fears, more than the sudden tears, the sweeping highs, and rocky lows. More than all the roads you have to walk in between.

You are more than fire, than water, than blood. You are more than dancing, more than music, more than paint or clay or film. More than cloth or technology, old or new stories – that is what you are.

You are who you are, and you will always discover new layers, new mores. You are possibility, hope, and ability. You are destiny before it happens, bird’s first flight before it plummets from the nest for the very first time. You are potential and you can truly be anything you really want. You can do anything you truly want. You can accomplish things greater than you know. But you have to want to be more.

Because you are also more than selling yourself short, more than worrying how you’ll go about doing any one thing. You are more than pettiness, more than self-degradation. By being who you are, you are already beautiful and special. You are more than beautiful and special.

Have faith. Forget the mirror. Forget what everything around you tells you to be. Be who you are.

Be more.

{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Mel September 9, 2011 at 8:29 pm

AMAZING.

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ASI September 11, 2011 at 7:56 pm

yes. you are not your hair and you are not your skin, you are the soul that lives within.

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Suzanna September 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm

thankyou, what a great message, i hope everyone realizes how unique they are, regardless of anything! Thankyou! Great to read this!

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Allie September 22, 2011 at 12:29 pm

This made me cry. I’m a college student and I was just feeling so down and overwhelmed, fat and lazy, unsure if my major is something I’m capable of doing. This really spoke to me. I have to want more to be more. I need to stop doubting myself and just do what I love. Thank you.

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Rachel September 28, 2011 at 6:20 am

This is the first article I have read here. I am a recovering bulimic, and I’m fifteen. My sister sent me here, and this article literally just changed me. It put everything down and made me realize, I don’t have to be a size 4 to be beautiful. Everyones been saying that, but this made me really think. Thank you, thank you so much.

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Ria October 11, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I NEEDED TO READ THIS TONIGHT!!!!!

THANK YOU

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JesusFreak October 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm

This is so true. There is more to you than what people see, but I just hope we can start to show the world who we truly are, and not just a wall we build up to hide what is on the inside. Show the world God!!

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Jani October 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm

This is so great…..thank you !!

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AbbyD November 1, 2011 at 11:18 am

That is absolutely beautiful. I am an RA and I’m going to hang this up in the hall. SOOO many girls need to hear this.

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JustAnotherGirlTryingToBeMore. November 4, 2011 at 7:57 pm

simply beautiful <3

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Ana November 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I cant stand to look at myself in the mirror.
I just broke up with my boyfriend of a year,
and I’m questioning my notion with drugs.
and I’m just feeling horrible.
I feel like I’ve lost myself, and that I’m ugly and overweight.
But I believe you’re going to help me.

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Abby November 30, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Ya know, my gut reaction to seeing things like this and the cute little post-it notes in the bathroom was initially “Puleez! Sure that’s great for all the bullemics and aneorexics out there who regardless of their psychological condition are still thin and beautiful, the kind of women I tend to compliment but because of my weight or something never compliment me!” But then when I let it sink in and read more and learn about my own heart and the heart of every woman, I’m more willing to listen and be more than the constant critic.

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Val December 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Oh this made me cry! Now I can’t wait for tomorrow to come because when I get up and will feel FREE and AMAZING!!

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Jamelia December 7, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Wow. Maybe now I won’t waste the night dreaming of the perfect body, of perfect skin, of perfect hair. Maybe now I can dream about me :)

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Uncertain December 10, 2011 at 7:48 pm

A sincere Thank You.

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Mackenzie December 19, 2011 at 11:03 am

This is beautiful!

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Ashley December 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Speechless ? <333

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Marisa January 10, 2012 at 10:37 am

That was awesome! I’m definitely putting up notes with this article on them!!!

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a girl that needed this January 11, 2012 at 9:50 pm

brought tears to my eyes….thank you, operation beautiful. thank you so, SO much. this is so amazing…i dont know who started this website or the idea for it, but i love it. thank you for making me love who i am <3

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Taylor V January 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm

We printed this out on girls on trad k and I have it in my room.

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maya January 22, 2012 at 7:28 pm

You are not what others think of you. You are more than even you think you are. Keep searching for yourself, because you are worth it. You are more than that guy who reject or used you. You are more than the secrets, the backstabbers. Don’t ever let your smile fade from you face, because you are more than the rumors and lies

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Marika January 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm

This is so much more than beautiful <3 I hope everyone who reads this understands that its 100% true .

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krista. January 23, 2012 at 9:03 pm

this made me cry. i feel so fat right now i cant even handle it. and i feel like i have no one to talk to. but you guys are all beautiful and dont forget it.<3

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Caitlin January 24, 2012 at 9:38 am

you can talk to us!

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Anonymous January 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm

You are not your age, not your weight, you are much much more. well that helps coz i think im fat. :l

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Anonymous April 16, 2012 at 1:06 am

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS I CRIED A LITTLE GREAT WORK..

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Stacie April 17, 2012 at 11:10 pm

this is beautiful. thank you <3

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Tessa April 26, 2012 at 9:38 am

I Relly think this is awesome and People sould relly listen more <3

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Lina May 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Truly life-changing. Oh, that we could all see how MUCH MORE…

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Amechi patience June 8, 2012 at 3:25 am

TTHIS IS AMAZING…….THANK YOU.

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Bokyung June 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

All sayings are amazing ! Thanks a lot :-))

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grace June 14, 2012 at 12:38 am

so inspiring and beautiful, thank you!!! :) <3

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luna June 19, 2012 at 10:20 am

my god, i think this saved my life

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Keera August 8, 2012 at 2:30 am

this is really amazing. its making me look differently at my self. thank u

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Kayla K. August 10, 2012 at 6:38 am

I’ve had some things weighing on my mind lately and “MORE” has been one of them. I have this mission or movement in mind about “MORE” and reading this article has truly touched me.
You are all beautiful: inside and out. Never forget that.
Thank you for this!!!!! God bless.

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SuperWomanInLove September 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Everyone is searching for someone to except them and to say something like that to them. I live in the UK and I don’t think I’ve ever felt so cared for by a person who is so far away!!

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Gloria September 6, 2012 at 6:38 am

is it bad that i felt nothing reading this?
i still am ugly and fat

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Ana October 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm

This changed the way i look at myself. Today I woke up worried of what to wear so i didn’t look as a big. I wasn’t having a good day at school today. 1st hour passed 2..3…4..5..6 In 7th hour my Gym teacher were giving out this little white paper that said “Operation Beautiful” After they told us to write something positive on a sticky note. I didn’t have time to read the all the white peace of paper because i needed to get changed. After gym class i changed and as always i was the last one. Afterwords I was fixing my hair and i saw this little sticky note on the mirror, It said so many things that i just wanted to start crying. I was going to my bus and i took the white paper out from my backpack and started reading it. My gym teacher said that “Operation Beautiful” has a website. When I got home right away started looking for their website and here I am writing this. I want to thank the person who had the idea of this. Thank you so much ! ?

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cory May 7, 2013 at 9:51 am

As some with bodyd ysmorphic disorder and low self esteem I wish I could believe this. But I love the message.

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ven vuthea July 23, 2013 at 12:16 am

hi

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Anoymous October 16, 2013 at 11:04 am

This is AMAZING

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brittney November 15, 2013 at 6:33 am

i read this and started to cry. this is so amazing. without this i dont know what i would think of myself

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Jenny November 23, 2013 at 5:47 pm

This brought me to tears, as well. Needed it today. Currently struggling with some body image issues I thought I’d overcome a decade ago. Alas. We are all works in progress. THANK YOU.

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MissKB January 30, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Wow that was powerful! It is sooooo hard for me to hear though. I have a depleted self-esteem and always have had. I have trouble with that positive idea of looking in the mirror and saying confident and positive sayings. But after reading your post; I’m just going to say I AM MORE!

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