Aim for the Stars: Beauty Within

As we continue on our quest, we can see the next signpost that will help us combat the negativity of Cetus. Remember that family member who told me I was just as good as the next person? Well, the next signpost is a remarkable symbol of the beauty that dwells inside each one of us. That signpost is Cygnus, the Swan.

the constellation Cygnus

Growing up, you may have read the fairy tale “The Ugly Duckling.” A quick summary of the story is that an individual was perceived to be different and consequently ridiculed. This individual survived and eventually achieved its full potential.

If you were told, at some point in your life, that you were nothing or that you would never succeed, I’m sorry. I’ve felt that pain, and all I can offer is that I believe in you. I believe you can and will rise above the hurt.

No matter what you think you look like on the outside, we are all beautiful on the inside. We all have swan-like characteristics. We must persist in letting everyone know this. We cannot succumb to the negativity. Even if we cannot convince society as a whole, you must believe in Cygnus. If you were unfortunate not to have that one person, at some point in your life, tell you that you are exceptional—let me be that person. You are special and no one is better than you are.

Stereotypes will always exist. The trick is to not be typecast in one role for the rest of our lives. Find the courage to let the swan inside you flap its wings and show the world you are extraordinary. The signposts are there to help you muster the strength you need to do so.

I believe it is a shame to stifle someone’s path to success just because they aren’t considered to be “in the right package.” I’m glad that I did not yield to the negativity. I see the beauty within.


This is part 12 of the multipart series, “Aim for the Stars.” In my next blog, we’ll look upward to the constellation Sculptor.

Missed the beginning of our journey through the constellations? Check out the rest of Aim for the Stars.


1 thought on “Aim for the Stars: Beauty Within

  1. What a heartwarming, meaningful message. I especially appreciate the description of being in “just the right package”. I think of the extraordinary people in my family and in my life that are not “in the right package” and it reminds me about our strength within.

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