I'm going to let you in on a big secret: You are beautiful today.
It's taken me 39.10 years to figure this out, but now that I have, I have to share.
Here's how I figured it out:
As I prepare to turn 40, I realize I wish I was turning 30.
At 30, I weighed 10 pounds less than I do now. I had no laugh lines on my face, there was no hint of a double chin and I didn't Google things like "Botox" and "Coolsculpt." I shopped in the junior's section and had never heard of Spanx.
When I was turning 30, I was beautiful, but didn't know it.
I focused on the negative -- those extra five pounds, those breasts that were beginning to sag a bit from nursing a baby, that small belly pooch I had even though I was no longer pregnant.
I wished I was turning 20.
When I was 20, I weighed 10 pounds less, my abs were flat and fierce, my breasts were full and perky, my legs were toned, I didn't know it was possible to get dimples on one's ass and I wore a bikini.
When I was turning 20 I was gorgeous, but I didn't know it.
I focused on the negative -- the people who were skinnier than me, prettier than me, who had clearer skin and naturally straight hair.
I wished I was them.
Now that I'm turning 40, I look at photos of me at 30 and am blown away. I see a beautiful woman.
I look at photos of me at 20 and see a gorgeous girl.
I now know that when I am turn 50, I will look at photos of me at 40 and see a stunning woman.
What does this mean?
It means I am beautiful today.
And so are you.
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