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The "Glo-Up"

May 9, 2017

Source: The Princess Diaries 

 

Head over to Instagram on any given Thursday and you will most likely see a plethora of “throwback Thursday” posts. These posts can range from old photos lost in a crowded camera roll, to baby photos, to the more recent trend of the “glo-up.”

 

The term “glo-up” is used to show how a person has successfully “grown up,” and has gotten better looking, improved their makeup skills, fashion, etc. It is used as a sort of before-and-after comparison, and has been a trend that has not seemed to die down quite yet.

 

When I think about my own “glo-up,” it can be easy to get sucked into comparing my current self to my middle school and early high school self; a person who wasn’t confident with how they looked, dressed, or acted. It would be hypocritical of me to write this article and not acknowledge the fact that I have looked at old photos of myself and cringed. Yet when I think about growing up and maturing, my looks never come to mind.

 

My “glo-up” didn’t happen when I learned to seamlessly apply liquid eyeliner or discovered how to highlight and contour my face. It happened when I started taking care of myself, not only on the outside, but on the inside, too.

 

I learned to deal with my problems in real ways, how to handle stress and not get caught up in meaningless troubles of everyday life. My “glo-up” happened when I started talking to people openly and smiling at strangers who I passed on the street, instead of looking down at the ground.

 

There are so many other ways to show that you have matured over the years, and while style and appearance are definitely aspects of that, they cannot even begin to outweigh the importance of emotional maturity.

 

Emotional maturity looks different on everyone, and that is most likely why we tend to focus on physical maturity since it is easier to define. You have heard it from your grandparents and teachers and aunt and uncles, but what really matters is what’s on the inside.


So, do your makeup however you want. Buy that new pair of shoes if they are going to make you feel better about yourself. Still, don’t forget to take care of the parts of you that you can’t show on Instagram, as they are the most important and will prove your maturity in a way that can’t be done with any amount of eyeliner or lipstick.

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