Progress is Beautiful

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There is so much talk about beauty.  What is it?  What makes us beautiful?  How do you measure it?  The list goes on.  You can analyze it as much as you want, but it’s true when they say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  It is completely subjective and, most times, it doesn’t even have to do with what that beautiful thing looks like.  Instead, it’s more about what feelings are sparked by it.  Love, happiness, warmth, fond memories, and optimism.  Maybe something beautiful reminds you of someone you love or perhaps it brings you hope for a better future.  Either way, beauty is all about what you’re feeling that makes something beautiful.  However, I do believe that one thing that goes hand in hand with beauty is progress, forward movement, evolution.

We all strive for happiness.  We all have goals and getting closer to that end result is simply beautiful.  Think about it.  A girl maturing into a young woman is a sign of her progression in life and it is celebrated as a beautiful time in her life, whether she has a sweet sixteen or even a quinceañero.  A graduation is a beautiful ceremony and it also symbolizes a student finishing their education and moving on to the next step in their lives.  Pregnant women have a beautiful “glow” to them because there is a being growing within them.  In nature, a flower blooming is progress in their existence and to us it is what makes Spring so special.  Sunrises and sunsets show how we go from one day to the next, but the different colors in the sky are considered some of the most beautiful scenes in nature.  Progress is beautiful.

When you’re writing a paper or doing a project for school, don’t you just stare at it once you’re done, admiring your finished work.  It might be just a stack of paper, but it’s beautiful to you because it’s done.  That step is done and you’ve progressed to what’s next.  When you get promoted at your job, you might get a certificate, an award, or even a ceremony.  People take pictures, you smile, and you feel proud.  It’s a beautiful moment.  If you’re trying to get healthy, you feel better when you get closer to your goal.  Reaching your goals, getting closer to what you want, moving forward in life is a good feeling.  Progressing is a good feeling.  It’s beautiful and that’s one thing that is universal.

 

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About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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