Striking to Think


I caught sight of myself in the mirror as I finished my shower last night and was rather struck by my reflection. My cheeks were rosy, lips pink, eyes dark and long-lashed, and my ponytail in a curling coil over my shoulder. It was one of those moments that it felt like seeing myself for the first time and not recognizing who was looking back at me. Even odder and more striking to me was to catch myself thinking, “Beautiful!”  Let me say that for you again. In that moment, I thought myself to be beautiful. Part of me sorely wished to take a picture but I realized that no camera was ever going to catch the way I saw myself in that moment. Yesterday, I spent most of the day catching up on “The Borgias” so I was looking at Holliday Granger all day, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful young women I have ever seen. So, to consider myself as beautiful and graceful as “Lucrezia Borgia” herself for a moment was a pretty big deal to me. When I finished and came out into the living room, I gave my husband quite a kiss, one that made him asked, “Are you…trying to tell me something?”

I smiled and replied, “Just that…I feel beautiful right now.”

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2 thoughts on “Striking to Think

  1. I love this post- I’ve had that exact reaction once- when I caught myself looking into the mirror just as I was about to begin putting on some make-up. I though- wow- do I really need this gunk? And it was such a beautiful feeling. Only wish I could feel it more often. I’ve made it a point to try though!

    • Thank you so much! I am trying to actively capture myself in those moments, and remind myself of the times that I feel that way, too. That’s the big reason I wrote this post. 🙂 Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

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