This might shock you but I really want to do a photography exhibition with a difference. The title would be "My Gorgeous Friends". The walls would have photos of those of my friends who I honestly think are the best looking. You might be surprised to find that most of the people in the photos would not be considered to be "classically" good-looking in the physical sense. Although - when it comes to physical appearance I can think of at least five of my friends who could double up as catwalk models. Especially if I can talk one of them into wearing a suit again (the first time I saw them in a suit I wondered how a GQ model was qualified to officiate at a wedding service in a church).
Most of the Motley bunch of people in the photos in my exhibition would be the ones who could best be described as looking "lived in" with their lives showing in their faces. A couple of people are coming to mind as I type this. For example - the ex-teacher who has always treated me kindly and encouraged my love of writing, the friend with the "interesting" accent who said to me last time I saw them "sit down - you are wheezing" (I hadn't wanted to say anything about feeling puffy at that point), the seriously gorgeous and extremely talented friend who makes me feel I am as good at writing as they are (even though I am nowhere near as good at telling stories through writing as they are (and their use of both music and their voice to give life to their words could make me seriously jealous of them if they weren't such a caring and kind Human), the human who has helped me more than they will ever know (even when I was annoying them to the point of them never wanting to speak to me again) who has turned into two very good friends of mine - they will definitely know who they are from that description, and the two ladies who are filed in my brain under one name because of the "Double Vision" incident when I first met them. There are a lot more descriptions I could share with you.
Every single person whose photograph would appear in my exhibition has got one thing in common. They have all shown me kindness and generosity (sometimes when I didn't deserve it).
You see - I don't judge people on how they look on the outside. Instead I think the truly gorgeous people are the ones with gorgeous personalities who take time to make me feel like I am important to them when we share oxygen or communicate via text or social media.
I remembered a line by Martin Luther King (which I am going to deliberately misquote slightly) "I have a dream about a day when people will not be judged by their physical appearance but by the contents of their character".
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