22 Things I Would Rather Be Than “Pretty”

Long time, no see! Yeah, I haven’t written a blog post in a very long time, so if you’ve stuck with me despite that, then know that I truly appreciate you.

Also, today is my 22nd birthday and I decided it’s an appropriate time to get “back on the horse”. You can expect to read a blog post from me once a week, most likely on Saturdays.

All this being said, let me spend a moment telling you why I chose this particular post as my first one after over a month of silence. There’s a ton of things that I could have written about, and which I plan to in the coming months, but this one is special to me.

As a girl, one of the worst insults we can probably ever get is, “You’re ugly.” Whether it comes in the form of that direct statement or something more subtle, like, “Well, maybe if you changed your hair cut, you’d get that guy to like you,” is irrelevant. It still hurts because a girl should be, above all other things, pretty.

Now, I like being called, “Pretty” as much as the next girl. And yeah, I like to wear makeup and do my hair a certain way and put on an outfit that makes me look awesome.

But if “Pretty” is the only thing that I am, then there’s a problem. So, here’s a list of 22 things that I would rather be than simply, “Pretty.”

1. Confident

I want to comfortable in my own skin.

2. Responsible

I want to know that sometimes, the “responsible” thing is the “right” thing, like saving for my future goals instead of worrying about wearing trendy clothes.

3. Trustworthy

I want people to know that I can be trusted. Trusted with secrets, trusted to do my job well, and trusted to do the right thing.

4. Capable

I want to be someone who can take on any task, any goal, and come out on top.

5. Empathetic

I want to be aware of other people’s feelings and why they feel the way they do.

6. Open

I want to be comfortable speaking about things like my past and my struggles with anxiety and depression.

7. Vivacious

I want to be lively and cheerful and enthusiastic about life.

8. Loyal

I want to be loyal to my friends, to my family, and to myself.

9. Reckless

I want to take chances and try new things and chase crazy dreams.

10. Interesting

I want to be someone that you can get lost in conversation with for hours.

11. Passionate

I want to know what I enjoy and what I care about, and be unafraid of showing it.

12. Authentic

I want to be me, not a shadow or a copy of someone else.

13. Ambitious

I want to always have goals that I’m working towards.

14. Determined

And I want to not let anything stop me from reaching those goals.

15. Thoughtful

I want to be considerate of other people and show them that I listen and I care.

16. Mature

I want to do what’s right and what needs to be done, even if it hurts.

17. Curious

I want to always be asking questions and never be satisfied with the easy answer.

18. Independent

I want to be capable of living my life by and for myself.

19. Respected

I want to know that when I speak, my thoughts and opinions matter.

20. Healthy

I want to make the choices that are best for my mind and body.

21. Unique

I don’t want to be “just like everyone else.”

22. Happy

Above all else, I want to be happy. Happy with my career, my relationships, and my life.

There are a lot of things that I’d like to be and yes, pretty is one of them. But I know that just being pretty won’t make me happy in life. That’s why if I had to choose, there are at least 22 things that I would rather be than simply, “Pretty.”

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