Last night I was sitting in front of the big screen (the “big screen” is my iMac, which tends to enthrall me to the point of complete absorption far too often) recording a vlog for the week, when I noticed that I’ve somehow developed a panda eye. PANDA EYE people! EEEEeeee!
You know what I’m referring to. It’s the gray coloring some people get under the eye which resembles a panda bear. In my case, it’s only on my right eye, so I’m not quite sure what that’s about. Diet? Lack of sleep? A vitamin or mineral deficiency? I will investigate this and report back, but I do not like it at all.
If you’ve ever watched my video logs (vlogs) on Youtube, you’ve no doubt noticed I don’t show the flaws on my face, if I can help it. I over expose the hell out of those videos to soften any – ehem - distractions. Don’t get me wrong. I love natural flaws! I feel very strongly that I’ve earned every single fine line, smile mark or wrinkle I have. They are my badge of honor.
However, I like my videos to bear a certain look and feel, and those untimely, out-of-the-ordinaryblemishes like, say… my new PANDA EYE – tend to be a bit distracting when watching high-def video. As I was editing my video, I found that no amount of over exposure, brightness, or colorizing would hide or fix it this time. I was stuck with one eye darker underneath than the other.
Panda Eye Me. Yes, I checked with friends. It isn't just the shadows, and this is a over-exposed, brightened version... So yes. Panda Eye Me.
That’s when I came to the grand epiphany that will hopefully empower you: The world will accept the “me” I deliver to them – PERIOD. They have to. It’s all I’ve got to give them: me in THIS moment, including any and all flaws. It may not be pretty, but it’s a package deal.
And really, as simplistic as it sounds, how often do we feverishly fret over things we have no control over?
As I sit here finishing this article up on my 47th birthday (yes, I am old enough to be your mother, your besty, your bridesmaid, your… grandmother perhaps?), I have come to the fabulous decision to be me. To LET IT RIP – as I am.
That doesn’t mean I won’t take showers or wash my face, and treat it to the glorious moisturizer bath it loves daily, or take the time to put on my make-up. No. It means, in any given moment, who I am is who you get! The same is true for you! I truly make it my life’s mission to accept people for who they really are in each moment… to see them for the gorgeous person they are, beneath the top layer, and to allow them to be authentic.
In short: BE the gorgeous you that you are, right now. Bring it. You’ve got game, no matter what size, shape, race or whatever you are. Shadows and all.
This will liberate you. I promise.
This post was originally shared on my own site www.mscheevious.com
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