“The wilderness is where I can be myself to the fullest. The trees do but judge my make-up free face, the mountains do not care what I’m wearing and the rivers and lakes accept my tangled and wavy hair. Here, there is no need for the natural me to hide”
- Michelle Gefre (Me)
Feeling comfortable in your natural self
I feel it is so important to know who you are when you strip all the makeup, heat treated hair, expensive clothes and material objects. Over the last couple years, I have grown so much and have become completely comfortable in my own skin. I don’t feel the need or want to put on makeup anymore when I leave the house unless I feel like doing something extra. Makeup has become a thing that I do for myself because I’m feeling artistic, not something that I hide my natural face behind so people don’t think I have unevenly toned skin or that I’m tired. What helped me to get to this point? Nature. In nature there is no need for any of these things. Also, the man I am dating tells me I look beautiful more often when I am not wearing make-up than when I am and he loves the natural waves of my hair when I just wake up. No one is here to judge me, I am accepted for my natural self. In the picture above, I am extremely tired from waking up at 5:30 am to watch the sunrise, I am not wearing any makeup and my hair is not brushed but I felt beautiful that morning. I am myself, without the pressure of societal norms.
All of this that I described above was a lot of work to be able to feel like I do now. I wish this for every girl and woman out there, for them to realize they are beautiful in nothing but their natural skin. If you struggle with this, I suggest going into nature on your own, travel to remote areas and leave the makeup behind. Let nature show you, you are beautiful without it.
© Michelle Gefre | Trail the Sun
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