We are our own harshest critics, especially when it comes to picking out the small physical details of ourselves in the mirror.
On a bad day, you might see an imperfection on your face or body that makes you unique as something that's "ugly."
To challenge what it means to be "ugly," Twitter user Alex Durog wrote a passionate thread for her girlfriend on the occasion of their anniversary.
On July 3, Durog wrote, "You call yourself ugly but you've only seen yourself when you look at the mirror, a thread."
Durog continued pointing out all the ways her loved one is beautiful, proving that mirror does not hold all the answers to what makes someone special.
You call yourself ugly but you’ve only seen yourself when you look at the mirror, a thread.— Alex (@Alex)1530677892.0
You don’t see yourself when your face lights up at the sight of a baby, ice cream, or your favorite restaurant.— Alex (@Alex)1530677924.0
You don’t see yourself when you smile at me for finally understanding what you’re trying to say.— Alex (@Alex)1530677982.0
You don’t see yourself when you’re so focused at the things you love doing.— Alex (@Alex)1530678032.0
Durog continued to share instances when her girlfriend shined, and it had nothing to do with makeup or any kind of outfit.
You tell yourself you’re ugly but you’ve never seen yourself talk about the things you love. The stars, sky, the co… https://t.co/8B7g8RsopA— Alex (@Alex)1530678094.0
A reaction to something positive seems to really make her love radiate with beauty.
You never saw yourself tear up for laughing so hard or turn red after I told you something cheesy.— Alex (@Alex)1530678165.0
I guess that’s why it’s so easy for people to say they’re ugly because they’ve never seen themselves in the smalles… https://t.co/z3lyltIRqt— Alex (@Alex)1530678516.0
The day following the original post, Durog was overwhelmed by all the responses. She revealed the reason for her thread that has garnered over 28 thousand likes and nearly nine thousand comments to date.
The love that this thread has been getting is overwhelming. I wrote this for my girlfriend since it’s almost our anniversary.— Alex (@Alex)1530765853.0
This is us. https://t.co/DS10k4nnyl— Alex (@Alex)1530771648.0
We're not seeing ugly anywhere.
The lovely couple.(@alexdurog/Twitter)
Beauty surrounds us if we all take a closer look.
The thread turned out to be an affirmation and was exactly what people wanted to hear.
@alexdurog bless you for writing this thread. thank you!— Mutia (@Mutia)1530930612.0
@alexdurog That was perfect literally just perfectly written— okayMakenna (@okayMakenna)1532606507.0
@alexdurog This thread brightened up my day and my whole being ❤️— Faith (@Faith)1530944488.0
@alexdurog I really needed that. Earlier when I came home from school I got panic attack when I saw my pimples brea… https://t.co/D5EqucItfX— jonabells (@jonabells)1530787219.0
@alexdurog Hi! Thank you for this thread. I need this. A tear rolled down my cheeks upon reading the word 'baby'. I… https://t.co/Ew8mPWe5Aa— #BoycottJollibeeNutriasia (@#BoycottJollibeeNutriasia)1530777620.0
We've all been socialized to perceive beauty in a conventional, but very limiting, way.
@jooonaley Society has taught us that there’s standards when it comes to beauty when there’s none. You are beautifu… https://t.co/GmHUZTNV04— Alex (@Alex)1530787054.0
@alexdurog was really sad bc each day as I scroll though my timeline in instagram, twitter and facebook, everyone l… https://t.co/gq1Oaqwz2l— jonabells (@jonabells)1530783088.0
What a wonderful reminder that we all possess the capability of shining with moments of beauty. In other words, don't gauge your looks solely on a reflective surface.
Someone else might be seeing what we don't see. And it's beautiful