As we grow old, our bodies change as an attest to the experiences we’ve lived through. We get stretch marks, wrinkles, scars, crow’s feet, liver spots among others. Often, these become insecurities for most people, however, there is always more to these so called imperfections than meets the eye.
Brandalyn Mae Porter had been working at a nursing home when she decided to paint a new resident’s nails. Brandalyn was surprised when the elderly woman asked for a coat of clear polish. Talking to Love What Matters, she explained, “As we were going over colors, she mentioned she wanted clear. The only thought that came to my mind was ‘CLEAR?! That’s no fun.”
Intrigued by the old woman’s unusual choice of nail polish, Brandalyn asked why she wanted only clear nail polish for her fingernails.
“My hands are ugly, I don’t want to draw attention to them.” The old lady honestly told Brandalyn.
Shocked by her little confession, Brandalyn had the perfect response for the old woman. In a Facebook post that has since gone viral, with about 169,000 shares, Brandalyn explained, “Today I painted a new residents nails at work and as we were going over colors, she mentioned she wanted clear. The only thought that came to my mind was ‘CLEAR?! That’s no fun.’
“I asked her why she wanted clear and she said, ‘My hands are ugly, I don’t want to draw attention to them.’ I then carefully responded with, ‘Your hands tell the story of your life. They tell the story of love, of care and adventure. These hands have touched and held things that most people can only wish to one day.’ And with that, she went with the color pink for her nails.
“Sometimes what we are so insecure with, others find beauty in.”
So, the next time you start to feel self-conscious looking at your “imperfections”, take a minute and remind yourself, that those stretch marks whose existence annoy you are proof that your body was strong enough to carry and deliver your children, the crow feet on your face are simply laugh lines that show you’ve had a life full of laughter and good times, your scars are a reminder than you have gone through tough times but you ultimately survived!