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.