There is a new song that I really enjoy, called Beneath Your Beautiful, by Labrinth and Emeli Sande. The refrain of the song is, “Would you let me see beneath your beautiful; Would you let me see beneath your perfect, take it off now girl, take it off now girl, I want to see inside.” It talks about how someone has built up a wall so high, that it’s hard for anyone to get in. It adds, “we ain’t perfect.” If you get a chance to listen to it, it’s a beautiful song.
Nobody is perfect, yet people still strive for perfection. Doing a job well is one thing, but being perfect at it is unrealistic and unattainable. It puts a lot of pressure on a person, and I imagine that it makes life not so enjoyable and maybe seem like a chore.
Nobody is perfect!
The song reminds me of the many ways our society encourages us to cover up who we are ~ make-up, plastic surgery, cosmetic procedures, pressure to look young, to be happy, possess material things, wear certain clothes, etc., when who we are inside is really what matters. It seems that in any great relationship, that is what we want to know anyway, the true person, so why cover it up? Not sharing your heart and soul with everyone you meet, is understandable, but sometimes our walls are built up so high, that people don’t really know who we are. Everyone has flaws and quirks, everyone has times they are at the end of their ropes, it’s normal and it’s what makes us human.
My mother is currently on a spiritual pilgrimage in Spain. She is carrying only a nine-pound backpack with a sleeping mat and a few other things, and her walking stick. She doesn’t wear any make-up or do much to her hair each day and she wears the same clothes that she hand washes and hangs out to dry each night. She is half way through her two-month trek and has had some of the most genuine encounters with other pilgrims. People are opening their hearts to share stories, help one another unconditionally, and offer support to others they merely walk by. How can these people be taking such good care of each other, without even knowing much about one another initially? No one looks fabulous, so that doesn’t influence anyone. They are having a common spiritual experience that perhaps makes them connect easily, but then aren’t we all?
What if we got rid of all the stuff that covers us up, if we got down to the bare essentials, would we be more true to ourselves and therefore take better care of one another? Would everyone enjoy life more? I wonder. We are all human. Beneath the artificial beautiful, is the true beauty. What’s beneath your beautiful?