“Seasons of Beauty”

The most important relationship we will ever have is with ourselves. As we cultivate our lives, our beauty becomes as much about what we are creating and doing as it is about our appearance…

Seasons of Beauty

by Madisyn Taylor
We tend to associate youth with beauty, but the truth is that beauty transcends every age. Just as a deciduous tree is stunning in all its stages – from full leafy green in the summer to its naked skeleton during winter and everything in between – human beings are beautiful throughout their life spans.

The early years of our lives tend to be about learning and experiencing as much as we possibly can. We move through the world like sponges, absorbing the ideas of other people and the world. Like a tree in spring, we are waking up to the world. In this youthful phase of life, our physical strength, youth and beauty help open doors and attract attention. Gradually, we begin to use the information we have gathered to form ideas and opinions of our own. As we cultivate our philosophy about life, our beauty becomes as much about what we are saying, doing and creating as it is about our appearance. Like a tree in summer, we become full, expressive, beautiful and productive.

When we move into the middle part of life, we are like a tree in autumn dropping leaves as we release our past attachments and prepare for a new phase of growth. The children move on and careers shift or end. The lines on our faces, the stretch marks and the gray hairs are beautiful testaments to the fullness of our experience.

In the winter of our lives, we become stripped down to our essence like a tree. We may become more radiant than ever at this stage because our inner light shines brighter through our eyes as time passes. Beauty at this age comes from the very core of our being – our essence. This essence is a reminder that there is nothing to fear in growing older and that there is a kind of beauty that comes only after one has spent many years on earth.