On Acceptance and the Self-Indulgent Use of the Phone Camera


So I was going to post this as a series of tweets but realized it would get hella long and clutter up people's feeds. So you're welcome everybody. And you better believe I'm including this in my NaNoWriMo count. I am a NaNo rebel. I have the badge.

I've been thinking recently about appearances, my own in particular. I don't often wear makeup mostly because I am super lazy. In the mornings usually I can put on makeup or play an extra game of Heroes, and you can probably guess which I choose. I am also not currently trying to catch the romantic intentions of anyone currently. I am not floofing my plumage as it were.

It also could be that I spent so many years in the food service industry, where the looking of pretty was directly related to the making of money. Let's be real here, your average person tips the pretty and flirtatious bartender more than they might tip another. So every day, on went the makeup. And now that is not a crucial part of my job so I rarely bother.

That's not to say I don't enjoy wearing makeup, I really do. It is fun to put on. But it takes time and I only spend my time on it when I feel so inclined.

Which brings me to my point, and that is I have a certain attitude about myself when I don't wear makeup. I have a “no one wants to see this noise” mentality. I avoid pictures and mirrors and such. I mean, I'm not trying to impress anyone at work so the fact that I feel decidedly un-pretty every day doesn't bother me so much.

But what's up with that? I shouldn't have to paint my face to feel attractive. I should accept myself exactly as I am and not tell my reflection that it is phoning it in every day. So I'm trying to embrace my no makeup face. And so I give you… a no makeup selfie. Look at them laugh lines! It was an ear hat kind of a day. I love that my work doesn't care if I wear ear hats.

That goes for everyone who feels the pressure to paint their face to be attractive. You are beautiful. If you want to wear makeup, wear the shit out of it. You do you. But you're lovely without it.

That all being said, I don't think my comments widget supports image uploads so feel free to tweet me your no makeup selfies! I <3 you, internet.

Aren’t you glad I didn’t do a series of tweets?

HOWEVER, to the weight I gained over a year or so of bad decisions - I'm coming for you.

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