Wednesday, 23 April 2014

This is me


Hello,
This is me.
My eyes disappear when I smile. Sometimes my gap between my lower teeth shows when I laugh
I have quite a few grey hairs that like to peek out from the brown.
I have awkward eyebrows.
I have hooded eyelids.
I get dark circles easily.
I have tiny nails and chubby fingers.
I look like my dad.

I have fair olive skin that can easily burn.
I have lots of moles. Everywhere.
I have three different birthmarks.
I can't help but tilt my head to one side when I'm talking to a friend.
My weight fluctuates, often.
I get puffy eyes when I'm tired.
I look like my mum.

I don't particularity love this picture of myself, that's why I chose to use it.

I used to try and change what I thought was wrong with me. Even though I will still see some of these things as faults, for example; I think I will dye my hair if the grey persists. I will always wear makeup when I want a pick me up and will escape the sun when others can enjoy it all day. As I have gotten older, I have found that I have gradually started to accept how I look. I am a unique combination of my parents and no one will ever look exactly like me. So I may as well work on enjoying it and stop wishing for something else that is unattainable.

Enjoy your unique self!


21 comments:

  1. Isn't it funny how we always zero in on what we perceive as the faults in ourselves? To offer another perspective, from your photo I see a pretty lady with fresh skin, kind eyes , a lovely smile, a warm open expression, brows that I would kill for (!) and who never fails to inspire me with her posts. I, too, could think of a long list of things I don't like about myself but like you, I am finally learning - after a very long haul - to accept myself for what I am. Another great post Liz x

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    1. Thank you Annie, If I'm honest I didn't realise it sounded so negative! I meant as a way that I am unique parts of two different people (parents) and that's special! maybe I need to re-write it!

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    2. No, no, no! I didn't mean to sound critical at all. The post is great as it is. It just made me think that if anyone was asked to state a list of things about ourselves, almost all of us would latch on to the things we don't like about ourselves whereas someone else would almost certainly make positive statements about us. Just interesting the way our brains work and maybe, more true of women than men, with all the pressure on appearance? x

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    3. phew! I know what you mean, this is actually part one of two posts. I just wanted to put this on up first. it has opened my eyes to how people look at you differently and read things differently. In a good way. I certainly don't hate how I look, however I can't say I haven't wish for something different in the past. I think that pressure is felt by every women and man and it mostly stems from stereotypes and the media's unattainable photoshopped images that we see everyday x

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  2. As Annie says so well, I see the glow of a lovely woman who is very, very pretty (you won't believe me when I say beautiful!) and one day I hope that she will see it too! Thank you for sharing yourself with us, your fans and readers. I am honored to "meet" you in every way. XO

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    1. Hi Sarita, thank you so much. I didn't mean it to sound as negative as it may do. It's meant to show that everyone has faults but that is what also makes then unique! xx

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  3. Very inspiring post, and what I see as a beautiful photo of you Liz! It's amazing that when asked what we like about ourselves, most of us would fall short but when asked what we don't like, we could write for days. I too am starting to look at things differently and have done since going "green". Why try and change something that is truly unique to each & every one of us?! I hope young girls start to appreciate their beauty and start loving themselves again because it really is sad! A very inspiring post yet again Liz :) xx

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment amber! you are a beauty as well! I wish we could flip a switch for young girls (and boys) everywhere and show them the fakery! x

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  4. It's a gorgeous photo of you and this post is really inspiring. Beautifully honest and real and that's why I love it!
    xx

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    1. Thank you Nicola! your posts inspire me, so thank you for taking the time to read mine! xx

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  5. Lovely post. I think we are often our own harshest critic, whereas others are more inclined to focus on the positives. It is good to be reminded of that. In your photo I see a warm, kind beautiful lady x

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    1. I'm glad you liked it Karen. I didn't intend it to seem harsh, it was more of a way to show that we are made up by the features of our parents/family and that's something to be happy about. Thank you for your kind words. xx

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  6. Lovely post Liz - it's actually more endearing and lovely that you shared a few of your perceived flaws (though none of us noticed them - we're too busy admiring your photo!) - to share something about ourselves that we're concerned about is a very brave, open human quality. By the way: you have lovely eyes and matching hair! ox

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    1. Thank you for reading it Leanne! (p.s lovely the new name etc!) I'm really glad you got what I'm talking about. Have a great day xx

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  7. Looking as pretty as ever Liz. I agree with all the comments above of course. I still have a few hang ups about myself but as I get older they bother me less and less, that's one good thing about getting older :) great post which we girls can relate to as our own harsh critics. Have a lovely weekend Liz. Xoxox

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    1. Thank you Karen, I didn't mean to sound so critical. I just wanted to show that you can either like it or lump and I want to LIKE it. So that is what I'm working on x

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  8. Great post Liz, glad you have embraced your unique (and pretty) self, but I know what you mean entirely, we are all way to critical of ourselves and how others perceive us but we have to accept ourselves for what and who we are, flaws and all. Its taken me till just this year, turning 32, to feel good about myself and realise that my unique features are my best features and its was people remember most about me. P.S. you have great cheek bones and lovely skin :)

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    1. Hey Annmarie, Thank you for your reply and your lovely compliment. I'm so glad you are accepting yourself as well! you have lovely skin as well and gorgeous hair! xxx

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  9. Great post, Liz - simple but thoughtful. I have to say, I also really like the photo you chose, you look really pretty and friendly :) x

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