Love can help us find inner beauty

By Ahmed Balhamar

Published: Fri 9 Aug 2019, 10:31 PM

Last updated: Sat 10 Aug 2019, 12:32 AM

Cosmetics pack pharmacy shelves these days while clinics that specialise in beauty and skin care are crowded with patients searching for the elixir and secrets of eternal youth.
Beauty products are no longer limited to women. Men are competing with them and using these products to bring back their lost youth. I see no harm in such trends as long as they are not extravagant. Investment in beauty inspires optimism, promotes self-confidence, and helps us lead a healthy lifestyle in many ways.
Most of these products give reasonable results, making us look five years younger in some cases. These products however, can only change us from the outside, but what about the inside?
Falling in love has its own magic. I never imagined how strong and unusual its impact is on us. It makes us do things we had forgotten doing long time ago. One becomes a child in the body of a man, forgetting the self and those around us.
Love should be seen as beauty product: an inner beauty product that can transform a person. One desperately wants to fall into it but are afraid of its side effects. It can even make a person insane. The famous poet Nizar Qabbani linked age with love in his poem.
"You still ask me about my birthday; the day I fell in love with you is my birthday."
- The writer is an architect based in Abu Dhabi

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