Inner Beauty: Nie Nie

11 09 2009

By Sheila

Admittedly, this is a hard post for me to write, but I feel that it is something I am compelled to include on this blog. Even though we write about enhancing outer beauty, we cannot forget the importance of cultivating our inner beauty, as it is most certainly linked to our external appearance.

You can spend hours applying makeup, you can pay thousands of dollars for cosmetic surgeries, but if there’s nothing going on in the inside, something is always going to be “off”. We all have at least one example of this from the people we encounter in our regular lives, that person who is always wanting,always yearning for that certain quality they can never acheive.

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Bad things happen. People become disfigured through accidents, illnesses, and for whatever reason or another, don’t match our ideals of physical beauty. However, there are people who, despite enduring pain and suffering, exude such love and such faith that even though they don’t look as they SHOULD, they are nonetheless extremely beautiful.

Such is the case of Nie Nie: a blogger and  victim of a horrible plane crash last year, she beat tremendous odds against her and survived and is currently thriving. After much time spent recovering, she is getting used to being in a routine again, and also battling the fact that her physical appearance has drastically changed. Her face and body were badly burned and she will never look the way she did pre-crash.

I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to look in the mirror and realize you have to get used to a completely new you, but Nie Nie is doing that very thing and in the meanwhile living a very fulfilling life. This look in her eyes as she’s gazing up at her husband? It makes her a million times more beautiful to me than so many others I’ve enountered in the often fake world of fashion and makeup.

Nie Nie, this post is dedicated to you, for showing me and countless others that true beauty doesn’t exist merely on the physical level. Thank you.

What have you done to enhance your inner beauty lately?




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