A Reflection

Photography by Sara Ranlett

This mirror is the one I use to do my makeup every morning, whether it’s just mascara or a full beat face with layers of eyeshadow. When I look into it, I see a woman that I’m so proud to have become. There used to be days when I couldn’t imagine my future, where I would think I wouldn’t even make it to adulthood because I felt so lost and sad and full of self-hatred. There used to be days where I would only look in the mirror for hair and makeup, and then never look at it again because I hated looking at myself so much. In college, I even convinced my roommate about having the shared full-length mirror in a corner that’s hardly ever walked by, so that I wouldn’t accidentally see myself. It meant tough lighting for makeup too, but it was my means of coping with my demons then.
Nowadays, I love seeing the different changes in my face that comes with aging. I kinda like seeing the newest faint wrinkle in my forehead or along my eyes. I’m not as full of self-loathing – in fact, I feel truly optimistic about myself and my progress with happiness for the first time ever. My younger self would be so happy to see me now.

Photography by Sara Ranlett
Photography by Sara Ranlett
Photography by Sara Ranlett

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