So today I come to you with wet hair and in my comfy clothes – and that fits with my quote for this week, which is totally awesome. It’s from Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet and theologian, and it keeps with a theme I’ve been talking about a lot.
Rumi has said all kinds of great things – look him up! – but today’s quote even rhymes: “I am not this hair, I am not this skin, I am the soul that lives within.”
Great, right? He’s saying you’re not what you look like – so even though I have wet hair, just out of the shower, and I’m in sloppy clothes, these things don’t define me. My soul does.
My soul is my personality, my feelings, my characteristics, what I want to do with my life … my soul is everything that truly matters about me. What is within is more important than what is outside of our bodies.
As humans, we lose track of that sometimes. Society has these expectations: girls should be pretty all the time, guys are pushed to be super-muscular. There are so many different standards pressed upon us. But at the end, if we love who we are inside, it doesn’t matter what our hair looks like, what color our skin is, what our clothes are like – it just matters if we like ourselves, and if we like what is inside of others.
Your friends – your true friends – will like you because of what’s inside, not what’s outside.