Beauty! What is it? Something which appeals our aesthetic senses? Definitely, it is more within and less outside but generally what people perceive is just what they see, not something they endure. We love what we see, generally what seems attractive, but have we forgotten the basic enumeration that clarify the definition of beauty?
‘im (sic) not sure what to conclude from this’. This was an online statement hurled on a Sikh woman standing in the airport queue. He took and posted her picture without her consent under the ‘funny’ category’ online. What was funny?
I understand woman with beard and moustache is rare to see; however instead of considering it unique why do we have to put a funny tag? Well, I felt contented when I found Balpreet Kaur, the aspiring neurosurgeon, had noticed that she is been all over the internet and what she said on reddit rejuvenated my belief in every religion and on the people who sheerly follow them.
‘I’m not embarrassed or even humiliated by the attention [negative and positive] that this picture is getting because, it’s who I am.
‘Yes, I’m a baptized Sikh woman with facial hair. Yes, I realize that my gender is often confused and I look different than most women.
‘However, baptized Sikhs believe in the sacredness of this body – it is a gift that has been given to us by the Divine Being [which is genderless, actually] and, must keep it intact as a submission to the divine will.’
Ms. Kaur, a medical student and the president of Sikh Student Association in Ohio, America refused to file a complaint or attack the guy who posted her picture online instead she said, She will try ignore society’s view of beauty, and hoped that she would concentrate on many other important things.
‘My attitude and thoughts and actions have more value in them than my body because I recognize that this body is just going to become ash in the end, so why fuss about it?
By stressing on other important things to do, she said that, when she will die, her kids are going to forget her voice and what she looked like, every physical memories would fade away but what remains are her impact and legacy.
‘My impact and legacy will remain: and, by not focusing on the physical beauty, I have time to cultivate those inner virtues and hopefully, focus my life on creating change and progress for this world in any way I can.
‘So, to me, my face isn’t important but the smile and the happiness that lie behind the face are.’
Her silver-tongued reply on the online post drew thousands of fans who considered her an inspiration. Which she really is! Hardly people appear confident about their bodies, we often find people trying to alter what they have. Thanks to Balpreet Kaur for boosting up people’s confidence to love themselves, no matter what and how they are.
The guy who posted her pictures and tag online, later apologised for being stupid and not understanding the maturity level; however, Ms. Kaur softly trolled it explaining her deep roots in Sikhism and hence she would not remove her facial hair.
Wish we all, including me will become so poised on what we are and cherish what we have.
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