The meaning of vanity is as follows: excessive pride in one's appearance, qualities, abilities, achievements, etc.. I learned the true meaning of vanity when I was a junior in high school. A mere week after my 17th birthday I shaved my head to a short buzz cut. I experienced all sorts of rude looks and remarks from people I had never even met. The hardest part of learning vanity at such an awkward stage was the rude remarks from people who I thought were my friends. But the true meaning of vanity came to me when I was in my P.E. class. Two freshman girls were talking about me and my hair cut. I was within ear shot of them and could hear every word they said. The two petty girls were calling me a lesbian and a dyke.
I had to approach the girls, to stand up for myself. And so I did, I told them that I could hear every word of their conversation. I also asked them if they knew why I had no hair. Their reply was simple enough, “no.” I had to tell them, well more like explain to them that that I selflessly donated my hair to people with cancer. This was a bold concept for them to grasp. The fact that any girl would want to deface her own most prized possession; her hair. They just didn’t get it, and I’m not sure that they ever would get it because that was just how they functioned. They were the kind of people in society that truly believe that their looks would carry them through life and that was the reason they would never be successful in life. Reason being that they obsess over their looks religiously, so they will never be good enough to themselves and they will eventually destroy their original looks. Sadly their obsession covered excessive tanning, dying their hair to the point that it starts to fall out, and caking on makeup to the point where skin on the face was no long visible. They didn’t understand that tanning like that would ruin their bodies 10 years down the road, that dying their hair that much would almost absolutely force them to shave their...
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