WDYS — Before and After

This was me, back in my high school days, when I was young, shy, and insecure. It wasn’t that I was ugly or anything. But I was skinny as a rail, had bad acne, had braces on my teeth, wore glasses, and wore my hair very long so that I could hide behind it. I dressed in a manner that would allow me to blend into the background, to not be noticed. I was so shy that I was reluctant to have my picture taken unless my face was hidden underneath a paper bag. I used to skip school on the days the photographer would show up to take yearbook pictures.

But as I got older and matured, I outgrew my almost debilitating insecurities and shyness. My body filled out, my acne cleared up, my braces were removed, and I had laser surgery to correct my vision so that I no longer needed glasses. I finally felt comfortable in my own skin and realized that it was ridiculous to walk around with a bag over my head.

And so today, I no longer wear a bag over my head. I never shy away from having my pictures taken. In fact, I invite and encourage such photos. And just to prove to you how far I’ve come, here’s a recent selfie I’d like to share with all of you.I sure look good, don’t I?

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Top photo credit: Teslariu Mehai @ Unsplash.

16 thoughts on “WDYS — Before and After

  1. Sadje January 25, 2021 / 7:00 pm

    Haha! This is so good and fits perfectly with the prompt. Love your selfie! Thanks for joining in Fandango.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Irene January 27, 2021 / 1:39 pm

    Very debonair, and the orthodontia paid out for sure!

    Liked by 1 person

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