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I have a birthmark on my left cheek. Most of my life I had to face the staring and the pointing countless times ever since I can remember. It was a nightmare. I would look in the mirror for hours, just staring at my birthmark, wondering why this happened to me or how can I get rid of this. I was afraid to show people the real me because I believed they only saw “it.”
So, I have a birthmark on my left cheek. Many people say that they were born with many things and it’s a part of who they are, but for me, I wasn’t born with it. My mom told me that when I was about 2 months old, it started to appear on my cheek and, well, at first, she thought it was a piece of chocolate. But then it got darker and I had to accept and adapt to it.
Middle school was every kids’ nightmare and so it was mine too. I had to face the staring and the pointing countless times ever since I can remember. I was terrified, you know, I didn’t want other kids to look at me like I was weird. I got bullied for it. I heard kids whispering “what is that” or “what’s on her face”. I remember it was in English class, some kids were talking about me, I overheard them and so did the teacher. The teacher then asked what happened and I was too scared to tell her so someone else did. They told the teacher, "they were talking about the mole on her face and they said it looked like a bird crapped on her face." The teacher was not having it, she wrote up the students and she made them write an apology letter to me.
But I kept hearing it again and again and continued to hear throughout my life. It kinda became how I look at myself. With lower self-esteem, with being very self-conscious, I was afraid. I was afraid to show people the real me because I believed they only saw “it.” I used to work myself up over any little comment about it. I used to be afraid to try new things or go to new places because I didn’t want anyone to stare or talk about my birthmark.
It was really hard for me because I never knew anyone who was going through the same thing.
I needed to talk to somebody about it, but all I would get is sympathy and sorrow. I remember talking to my best friend at the time – sobbing, crying about it. And he told me “everything is going to be okay, I’m so sorry”. I needed more answers than “sorry”.
But as I got older, I started hearing that my birthmark makes me, me and I finally understood for myself that it does. That’s what I needed to hear all along. I would look in the mirror for hours, just staring at my birthmark, wondering why did this happen to me or how can I get rid of this. But I realized that if I got rid of it, then I wouldn't be me anymore. I’ve learned that I am who I am because of my birthmark, excuse me, BEAUTY mark and it makes me stand out in this world. And I’m okay with that.
Animated by Meinart Animation Studio
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