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  • ccooley106 submitted a contest entry to Group logo of Why do you love yourself?Why do you love yourself? 2 months ago

    Morally Grey

    As readers, we thrive off of a morally grey character. In their flaws we see our own, and therefore feel known. It’s a beautiful thing when you can form a connection with them, walk through worlds with them. Stop and analyze their hazel eyes where you’ll notice a familiar glow. The love felt for a morally grey character isn’t because of their faults, and it isn’t despite of them either. A character’s poor decision is followed with watchful eyes. Eyes that resemble our own. Eyes that follow the page the way a mother watches a child. Watching every trip and every triumph.
    The love for a morally grey character is felt because you can’t paint skies of grey with nothing but white paint. A flooded brush of white will only ever bring white. It’s when you begin mixing paints that you start forming shapes. How beautiful a foggy day, and the depth it creates. Why then, shouldn’t we love ourselves in the same way? It is not because of my best qualities or achievements that I love myself, nor for my mistakes. Without the bold slashes of charcoal and specks of gold, without the smudges of green under a clouding bronze, these eyes wouldn’t be hazel, and they wouldn’t be mine. I love myself as I am, a beautiful and messy combination of my merits and my flaws- because I am grey.

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    Voting ends May 16, 2024 12:00am

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    • I’m in love with the imagery you’ve painted. Very pungent and profound.

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    • “It’s when you begin mixing paints that you start forming shapes,” love that line!! Great imagery! Inspiring

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    • This is such a beautiful and creative way to describe why you love yourself. The ending really pulls it all together in a way that is poetic and makes a lot of sense. It’s also quite in spiring and relatable. Thank you for sharing and thank you for being part of The Unsealed family. <3 Lauren

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      • Thank you so much Lauren! 🫶 I’m so glad you found it inspiring. It took some time for me to really articulate what I was feeling but it sounds like it translates well 🙂 Also- no other found family I’d rather be apart of!

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