According to beauty standards she isn’t considered attractive. In fact to most she may even be considered terrifying, but this did not stop Charla Nash, the woman mauled by a chimp, from revealing herself to millions of viewers around the world on the Oprah show recently. Charla’s story is one of strength. Despite her injuries, which include broken bones in her face, and dismemberment of her eyes, lips, nose and hands, Charla says she is glad to be alive.
Because of the severity of her disfiguring, Charla wears a veil most of the time. She says she wears the veil mostly for others, so she won’t scare them. However, on national television she removed her veil because she isn’t worried about what people will say. “People are going to say what they are going to say”, say’s Charla.
This heart wrenching story not only brought tears to my eyes but it also reminded me how we live our lives and make choices based on what others will say and think. What if we all had the strength and boldness of Charla and freed ourselves of people’s opinions and truly understood that there is more to us than meets the eye. Charla’s outside appearance will never be the same but she declares that she is the same person inside.
Are you ready for your unveiling? Charla’s unveiling changed lives and so can yours. Being transparent and authentic not only liberates you but it liberates others as well. Let’s follow Charla’s example and get over our egos to a place of authenticity where we can enjoy our lives, living for God and free of the opinions of others. Let’s discover the freedom to be and remember, “People are going to say what they are going to say”.