Ugh. My nose. We all have “the thing” about ourselves that we don’t love, right? And mine has always been smack dab in the center of my face. Growing up, I always swore I’d get a nose job when I grew up (my parents said NO WAY) yet here I am at 34, living with the nose I’ve grumbled about for years. Why didn’t I change it? I think deep down, I realized that even if I tweaked my nose, chances were that I’d still be dissatisfied and just find something new to obsess over (or maybe my parents convinced me of that 🧐). They were probably right—I was always picking apart my appearance growing up.
You realize quickly that there will always be someone better, prettier, or have a more perfect nose than you; and once you do, self-acceptance can be a pretty liberating notion..but it doesn’t happen overnight. And this isn’t me on some sort of soapbox—it’s 2019! If you want to change something, you do you and own it! (I love facials, skincare, highlights, and am clothing obsessed, ahem). But as someone who has always been obsessed with other people’s’ noses (aka I was so jealous of people who didn’t think twice about their nose or how it looked in photos), I have come to realize that it’s pretty cool that we all have our own quirks and differences—and it’s all part of the body positivity movement. Self-acceptance doesn’t mean you can’t make changes to yourself..it means that you won’t determine your self-worth by your appearance. Truly, that’s something we can all get behind.
Oh, by the way, I still don’t like my nose, but I’ve accepted that it’s not going anywhere (in fact, don’t noses grow your whole life? Or was my sister trying to scare me?). It just doesn’t bother me nearly as much as it used to. I used to die a little inside when I’d get photos back from a disposable camera and there was a picture of my side profile on there—I’d discard the evidence real fast (as if no one ever saw me from the side in real life, ha) and I certainly never thought I’d put my side profile on blast for everyone to see, but here we are—2019–and it only took me two decades to do it. #newyearsameme