Lina was 32 years old. And she was single.
Her self-esteem started to decline as she felt older. She realised her wrinkles started to show. To keep herself beautiful, she spend more on beauty products. She even planned a plastic surgery.
Eventually, she became a workaholic. She spend lesser time to enjoy her meal and used those time to gain more clients. She failed to allocate times for her friends and family, and relationship became distant.
With less than 4 hours of sleep every night, she would look terrible in the morning. And her reflection saddened her every time she looked at it in the morning.
On the night before her plastic surgery, she was alone in her apartment. She faced the mirror again.
And she wondered, “Why do I feel lonely?”
She didn’t get the answer.
The next morning, she was hesitant about the surgery. But she went in anyway.
Her doctor appeared to be a charming young man, slightly younger than her. The fact that he was good-looking caused Lina to feel self-aware.
The young doctor took a good look at her while she shyly glanced away.
“I don’t think this is what you need,” with a smile the doctor said. “You look beautiful.”
Lina was rendered speechless. Those words stroke her heart.
She understand deeply now. It wasn’t her look that caused all those insecurities. It was her soul.
What she needed was a simple confirmation from someone, anyone.
She left the clinic that day, with a satisfied smile on her face, her unaltered face.
The next morning, she woke up after a fulfilling sleep. She was giggling at her own reflection while brushing her teeth.
And then, the phone rang.
” I got your number from the patient’s info. Hope you don’t mind I call…” the familiar voice said.