What Your Mirror Doesn’t Tell You!

“It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.”

― John Joseph Powell

The urge to stand across the mirror, to gaze at our reflection is summarily an irresistible urge, it can be compared to the urge to take coffee when directly in front of a coffee shop or may be more, so at one point or the other we are culprit, everyone wants to have a sense of feel of what he or she is or probably looks like and its normal that this feeling resonate with us at every phase of our life; I have also caught myself multiple times in front of a mirror whether at school, home, cars or even on the screen or mirror of passing cars.


The primary universal known purpose of a mirror is to reflect; to give back what is put to it, we look at the mirror because we want to know who we are, but the mirror reflect base on its capacity “The size and clarity of the mirror affect how much of yourself you can see” it only gives back what is put across to it, therefore mirrors are limited reflection of who we are, a mirror has no ability to see through us or what is out of its coverage. While the person you see across the mirror may possibly give you a sense of who you are, that is not truly who you are, yes! that’s is not all that is to who you are.

…..Mirrors are limited reflection of who we are

The mirror also have its perspective as we do, its amazing how a mirror affect our perspective, emotions and confidence, if the mirror posses a picture portraying you as beautiful, you feel beautiful and more confident to walk into any place with head up, standing tall, that way you have a better and more happy day, on the dark side of it is, if it portrays otherwise you turn out feeling less confident and depressed, my point of revelation is this, the mirror itself is not totally honest with us; when you look in a mirror, who do you see? not the person other people see, since our reflection in the mirror is reversed – raise your left hand, and the person in the mirror raises their right hand! From the way we part our hair to the way we smile, our faces are not symmetrical and the image we see looking at us from the mirror is not the face we show to the world – left and right are reversed.

Its sometimes amazing how the mirror tells you with a smile starked on your face you are happy, regardless of how dimmed or cold your heart may be, it tells you with a frown you are sick, angry and unhappy while in reality we are not, so our mirror lie and is not truly the reflection of who we are, there is more mental work especially to be done and much to be unveiled to truly discover who we are.

“The mirror can lie.
Doesn’t show you what’s inside.
And it, it can tell you you’re full of life.
It’s amazing what you can hide just by putting on a smile.”

― Demi Lovato


Aside the idea of a literal mirror, people around us are our human mirror, at one point or the other the try to reflect who we are, whether with our permissions or not, invariably out of curiosity we look up to them to know who we are, base on what they tell us about what we look like or act like. Just like the mirror their feedback or reflections, has the ability to make or mar you or your confidence and general outlook towards yourself and your life, just like the mirror humans or what the say are not always the true reflection of who we are, their reflections are limited and only base on the limited aspect of us the believe to have perceived and the can only see us base on their capacity, just like a small mirror wont be able to reflect beyond probably the face because of its size (capacity) people can’t see us beyond who the are, a negative person is likely to see grossly the negative aspect of your life and vice-versa, interestingly the ugly person would probably see you as beautiful because you are better than he is and the beautiful person would perceive you as ugly because he is probably better than you, if someone meets you mostly happy or with a smile he will certainly define you as a happy person, likewise otherwise, the bottom line is people can only see you base on their perspective and capacity.

“The mirror is the worst judge of true beauty”

― Sophia Nam


It’s popular to hear people say our reality is a mirror reflection but that is not true as  the mirror is not even accurate or direct reflection of what is put accross to it, there is more to us, behind our cold face may be a bright mind, behind our bright smile may be a clouded mind either ways there is more to us than what is been reflected by our society, family, freinds or whatever or whoever we are looking up to, to be self aware and know who we are. We may look at the mirror (literal or human) and see a shattered reality but behind that may be a great future and locked inside where this mirror can’t see might be all the potentials you need to get there, so it’s not healthy to judge ourselves and entire life base on just what this mirrors tells us. While you spend so much time looking at the mirror the mirror itself looks up to you so you are the only one who can define who or what you are.

😊Please leave a thought at the comment box below!!!

Published by faithakatiki

Faith Joseph is a Nigerian Citizen, a Personal Development Blogger and a young social development champion and a Lawyer by Profession. Akatiki is an lover of all forms of expressive art and has excelled in performing various. She is a passionate Writer and an Activist, she believes strongly in gender equity and holds the view that rather than being treated as male or female, we should be treated as humans irrespective of gender and make the world a better place for all.

9 thoughts on “What Your Mirror Doesn’t Tell You!

  1. My mirror says little about me. Thank God for God that I have found a mirror in Him. His breath is me and I His breath. He sure gives my true reflection.


    1. Yeah!!! Totally true… only the creator of a thing can bestly describe who or what that thing is…. thank you so much for reading and for this insightful contribution @ohmakwu😊😊


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