My new picture on my blog banner- it's pretty rad isn't it?
I especially like the unpredictable sparkle in the gold matte-ish sequins.
But really I almost didn't put it up.
Something about my smile. It was too... gummy. Way to many... teeth.
And don't get me wrong I'm thankful for my teeth and all the orthodontic work that my parent's have paid to get me this far. But... well... I'm just not the biggest fan.
But here's the deal: It's real. (Check out the eye crinkles, this is a genuine smile.) It's the only one I have and when I went to post it I decided I should just deal with it. Not necessarily embrace it (I'm not all that into hugs), but definitely deal with it.
So when I got a couple of comments on this picture on Facebook it was a nice surprise.
"Oh, they aren't focusing on my less than perfect mouth region... That's cool."
And then as mentioned yesterday my birthday happened, and I got a lot of sweet words from a lot of sweet people. And one friend (who happens to be male) told me that a co-worker "wanted to talk about how hot" I was. That made me laugh sufficiently enough to respond and that started a conversation about birthdays and goals and life. And he said something that... well... was a compliment. It went something like:
"...you have the excitement in you, you're interesting, funny, the room lights up when you're there, you're sensitive yet discerning, clever, creative, and have this indescribable attractiveness about you. Just plain sexy. You get peoples attention and keep it."
(He's happily married ladies. Please don't in-box me for the phone number of this incredibly complimentary man.)
And it kind of blew me away.
"I was worried about my silly teeth?"
I'm not posting this to toot my own horn. It was a lovely statement but it drew attention to the fact that my imperfections are not in the fore-front of people's mind. And it made me wonder about all the other things that I worry over on a daily basis. (Yes, there are others and no, I'd rather not share.) But none of those things were mentioned in anyone's comment and maybe I really am the only one that notices these things...
So I'm opening it up to everyone else.
What if we took all the time we spent worrying over our "wonky teeth" or "weird hair" or whatever and did something productive? Or heck... screw productive. Maybe we should just shoot for a lot less negative?
Share. Please. Let me know I'm not the only one who could be using her time in a much more positive way.
But before that: Some out takes. Because silly faces are always fun.