“What is that on your face? Is that a pimple?” “What do you do for your acne?” “Oh my goodness, your acne has gotten worse!”
Stop it. Just stop. All of it.
That’s all I want to tell people. Get out of my face and mind your own business. Do you not think I know this? I’ve tried everything from a combination of honey and turmeric, to eating healthier, to exercising, to smacking egg yolk on my face to ‘St. Ives Apricot Scrub’ to different medications doctors have prescribed me. None of them work enough to make all my scars magically ‘go away’. But you know what?
I’m okay with that.
Over the years, it has been my BIGGEST insecurity. I did whatever I could to cover my face with my hair or put layers of filters on my selfie photos (yes I was, and still am that girl at times). And yes, it can still be an insecurity for me at times, but what I’ve learned about myself is that – none of the criticism matters if I don’t dwell on it. (Am I right or am I right?). I look myself in the mirror every day and what I see is not just the girl with acne and scars on her face anymore – it’s this 26 year old female who is a strong, motivated, smart, silly, genuine individual that does her best to love herself more and more every day.
My acne comes and goes, along with the seasons. And I am fine with it. People may say that it is dirty and disgusting, that I need to do something about it. But the thing is, I have been. For some people, it’s just bad luck that it happens to them. And with me – it would be my luck that I’m still stuck with this bastard on my face.
But it has helped me to embrace myself even more by accepting that I have flaws and I’m not perfect – but I am still a daughter of Christ. I am still a beautiful woman. That flaw does not change who I am as a person.
So where am I going with this? Well, this is what I’m trying to get at:
Whatever your flaw may be, embrace it.
Whatever insecurity you have, accept it.
No one is perfect my dear. No one has the perfect body, or face, or smile, so get that out of your head and stop comparing yourself to others. But one thing I do know is that our flaws make us different – it distinguishes us from the rest. We all are different, but we don’t need to be ashamed of it.
We should be confident, so that no matter what others say about us – it won’t hinder us from being the best version of ourselves. It won’t hinder us from being confident and loving us for being us. So I want you, to think of what your insecurities are or what you think your flaws are. And remind yourself, that is what makes you, YOU. No one in this planet has the same smile as you, or the same curves as you. That is what makes you different.
And my fellow readers, that is what makes you magnificently beautiful.