I remember when my mom told me,
“Quit making that face, Shelby. It’ll stay like that.”
She was right. I pretty much am making a ridiculous face all. the. time.
And I truly didn’t notice it until I started posting on social media.
And for the most part, people find it entertaining. Funny. Enjoyable.
But the other day, someone said to me,
“You have such a pretty face. Why the ugly faces?”
Woah, sister Mary Clarence. Is that a passive aggressive insult?
I walked over to the mirror and tried to make a smile without the cheese. It looked so unnatural.
Who is this? This is crazy! Do I always look ridiculous?
So on to my phone I went. Into the selfie section of my iphone. (Anyone else guilty of having 340 selfies? Just me? Okay. Cool.) Every single picture I am making a face.
And I started getting upset. Am I trying to make faces on purpose? No. Am I being silly on purpose? No. Am I trying to make people laugh? No. But if they do, hey- why not?
And I got an introspective and deep and tried for the next 3 days to not make “my faces”. It was so hard. It was unnatural.
And I caught myself thinking,
Why on Earth do I care what this woman thinks of me and my faces? It’s me. It’s part of who I am. F*ck her and her passive aggressive b*llshit. I’m going to keep being me.
So naturally after coming to this realization, I grew the guts to finally reply to her comment on facebook. I wrote back,
“It’s just my face.”
And hit her with the cheesiest, Shelbiest selfie I could muster up.
Don’t let people make you question who you are. Don’t let people hiding behind a keyboard with their big bullying ways make you doubt the awesome sauce qualities you possess. I am guilty of it, too. We are all human.
But letting that get under your skin will only hold back your true amazing shining self. I am not going to let ‘Passive aggressive Pammy’ make me change or do anything different.
Your people will love you just the way you are. The haters will always hate. And it says more about how they feel about themselves than anything else.
Keep rocking it. Keep being amazing. Chin up and face to the sky.
Funny faces and all.
Originally posted 2016-02-07 08:22:17.