This is something that has been on my mind a lot lately. Growing up, I was basically the only one of my friends who had acne and, after moving out of my teenage years and getting ready to graduate college, I am STILL one of the very few people with acne. This is something that I have always been very aware of and has caused me a lot of turmoil. Because of my acne, I have dealt with depression, feeling worthless, and feeling just plain ugly!
Until about a week ago, I have still had these feelings. However, I have come to terms with my acne and I am beginning to realize that [b]our attitudes totally and completely affect our entire bodies.[/b] Yes, even our acne-prone skin! I believe that having the right attitude and overcoming such negative emotions can have a huge impact on our skin. It may just be wishful thinking, but hey, we gotta hold on to hope!
[b]So here it is, my list of all of the things that have come about because of acne that I am grateful for![/b][list]
[*]I have taken so many steps in my life to really assess the [b]health of my entire bodily system.[/b] Constant acne has taught me that it's time to start looking at whats on the inside, which is the ultimate reflection of ourselves on the outside. I am more aware than ever now about what I put in my body and how that food will help fuel my system and encourage the healing process. So, thank you acne, for helping me make huge changes that will benefit my health!
[*][b]I am not ignorant![/b] Now, I will preface this by saying that I don't believe I ever was in any way, shape or form. However, I hear so many stories about how people will see someone with bad acne and blame it on their inability to use soap, their love of chocolate, or their lack of caring. Because I have gone through SO many struggles with my skin, I know just how hard it is to deal with this issue. On that same note, [b]I have much greater empathy for others dealing with similar issues.[/b]
[*][b]I do not and will never ever take clear skin for granted.[/b] I have so much hope that I will get there one day, and it will be one of the greatest days of my life! I already know that, when it comes, I will be so thankful each and every day and continue to treat my body kindly. So many people take their beautiful, clear skin for granted--and that really frustrates me! But, if they haven't been through what we have been through, then they will never now how lucky they are! But when we get there...oh, and we will!...we know how special it will really be!
So, in conclusion, [b]thank you acne[/b]! There actually are some nice sides to you! I may be getting rid of you soon, but I am grateful for the lessons you have taught me. [img]http://www.acne.org/messageboard//public/style_emoticons/default/eusa_clap.gif[/img][size=4] [/size]
If you are following this, I hope it has helped you find your silver lining as well. Think about it for a while, mull it over in your head, write it down in your secret journal, or post it here! [color=#800080][b]I dare you![/b][/color] [img]http://www.acne.org/messageboard//public/style_emoticons/default/grinwink.gif[/img][size=4] [/size]