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The little flaw (and too much self-importance)

Posted by Didi Gorman on

I look in the mirror, horrified.

Oh no, no, no, no, no, no!

There, right on the side of my chin is a pimple. A humungous pimple!

With trembling hands I reach for the makeup, but there’s no way any makeup, powder or concealer will ever cover this monstrosity, glaring at me from the left side of my chin.

I can’t show my face like that in public.

How in the world will I do the groceries now? And what about the fitness room? I can’t possibly go looking like that!

To make things worse, my glasses steam up every time I walk from the frozen outside into a toasty inside, making me look like a complete zombie now with the zit and all.

Unfortunately, there’s no other choice today. The groceries do need to be done, and I’ll just have to go to the grocery store accompanied by my zit.

I resolve to turn my head sideways today. I’ll only let people see the smooth right side of my face and try to hide the left side, if possible. Or maybe I should wear a scarf all the way up to my nose. Hmmm.

Eventually, I go to the grocery store.

I soon realize the world hasn’t changed much with the advent of my pimple. Everything is just as it always has been. People go about their business as normal, cars drive up and down the streets just like on any other day, and customers come in and out of the grocery store, completely oblivious to the drama happening on the left side of my chin!

I think they simply don’t care about my pimple.

Well, that’s a relief!

Come to think of it, I don’t particularly care about theirs.


We tend to give ourselves a hard time about our little flaws that hardly ever matter to anyone but ourselves. I’m not sure if it is too much self-importance that we attach to ourselves or the idea that nothing less than perfect will do, but I do know that we are experts in torturing ourselves over very small stuff indeed.

If you woke up with a pimple today or you scarred yourself while shaving, please know the world doesn’t measure you by the smoothness of your skin. Give other people the credit they can see you for the wonderful person you are, well beyond the blemish on your face.

And psst! They all have pimples sometimes too!

By Didi Gorman