#AtoZChallenge : Just the way you are

being yourself

There is a big event coming up and I’m so excited about it. I’m excited because I’ll get to wear pretty clothes and may be put on some make up. Most of the times I’m plain lazy to actually get dressed up and care about my looks. As long as my hair stays in place and ugly pimples don’t pop on my face, I’m okay with the way I look. No makeup because I’ve got no time for that because I’m lazy. Okay, so what was I saying? Yeah so there’s this event.


The day before the event I lay out my clothes and ensure that I’ve everything that I need. I’m pleased with myself because never before in the history of my life have I ever taken so much care about looking good. Even I’m not sure what has happened to me. Okay, so the thing is I’m going to be the Master of Ceremony for this event. Did you now get why I am so excited?


So morning arrives and with sleepy eyes, I begin to brush my teeth and then when I am washing my face, there is pain as I am washing my forehead. I freak out. Yes, my suspicions are right! There is giant pimple on my forehead. There go my dreams of looking pretty. It is not just that, there will be jokes that will be cracked! My confidence is at an all time low and so is my excitement!  I get ready and look at myself in the mirror. All I see is the pimple. Pimples have this uncanny knack of appearing just before an important event- this has happened to me a lot of times. I curse my luck and then leave for office.


“That is a lovely dress that you are wearing. All set for the event today, Alana?” My friend asks me as I’m trying to analyze the pimple situation and see how bad it is. I know nothing can be done. Oh yes, I’ve googled a lot of times and there is no quick fix!
I show her the pimple and I’m almost in tears.
She looks at me for a moment and says, “Come lets fix this!”


Five minutes and she does some magic with my hair which now covers my pimple. My hair which never listens to me now seems like it is obeying her orders. The new hairstyle makes me look better and trust me it has brought back the lost confidence. I don’t how to thank her for it. For the first time in the day, I smile.


“Just do well today and then we’ll go out for an ice cream. Ice cream is on you, okay?”


I nod and then begin to go over my script. Thankfully the event goes on well and I then head out for that ice cream.


But my mind is still thinking about the pimple.


Are looks so important? A tiny little zit can cause so much panic, but it all worth it? None of us is perfect. We all have our flaws. I may have a lot of pimples on my face or my hair may be the frizz capital of the world (a term coined by my friend of course). My teeth may be crooked or my nose may be long. But all those things aren’t so important as who I am from within. And if anything, it is not just the good things about me that make me me, it is these flaws as well. I am beautiful just the way I am. We are all beautiful just the way we are.


I tie my hair back and now the pimple is visible.
“Not worried about the pimple now eh?”, she asks.
“Nope, flaunting my natural bindi”, I say with a laugh!


I’m participating in the A to Z Challenge and all through April I’ll be writing about the Life and Times of a Twenty something! What are you best memories or expectations from your twenties? Let me know in the comments.
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16 responses to “#AtoZChallenge : Just the way you are”

  1. Stefani says:

    Isn’t it strange how something so small can make us feel that way?

    Stefani | Dreams of Nyssa

  2. Modern Gypsy says:

    At the end of the day, what really matters is who we are within. That inner beauty is always shines through, I’ve noticed.

  3. Oh, it comes at the right time. I have burns scars on my face and right shoulder confined to home since last saturday. I don’t mind my look but the piercing eyes and the questions are sometimes what make us not be just the way we are.

  4. Rajlakshmi says:

    pimples are wrecking havoc on my face right now. It is so easy to feel sad and unconfident, I too got through that sometimes. But then I tell myself, chin up, smile … it’s only momentary 😀

  5. Such a lovely message. I still get pimples on my face sometimes, and I’m like, eh stuff it! Also, the title of the post reminded me of the (very sweet) scene in Bridget Jones Diary when Mark tells Bridget that he likes her very much, just the way she is <3

  6. Geethica says:

    It takes a lot of courage to be yourself in the public. I try to be always but when, at times, people look at that flaw more than into my eyes, it makes me uncomfortable. And I need to hide it. All it needs is the confidence within you.

  7. Neha says:

    I can relate to this. Not wearing makeup, being too lazy to be fashionable but I think its better than trying to fit in and be uncomfortable.


  8. Sometimes these small flaws are all it takes to makes us insecure.

  9. BellyBytes says:

    Yes love yourself just the way you are. Because if you don’t no one else will

  10. Tina Basu says:

    even at 31 i am getting pimples!!! It does make me go crazy

  11. Ah pimples and the pain they cause me often! I’m so used to it now that I don’t even care if one pops up.

    I’ve done all that I could but they refuse to leave. Hormone problems don’t help either.

    I used makeup on a regular basis to hide pimples and scars. It’s not that I don’t like being myself. Believe me I love being make-up free. But thanks to the million advice that comes my way when my skin is bare, I chose make up instead. Trust me, sometimes it is good to choose the easy way out.

  12. Don’t let anything physical detract from what’s inside. It’s human to think everyone is looking at us and judging, but in truth, we are all so involved in our own lives that we don’t have the time or inclination to notice and comment on others.

  13. Amazing post.
    Thanks for sharing.

  14. Lol @ the ‘Natural bindi’ I love that! Loved the ascending positivity of the post, Reema:)

  15. sanchwrites says:

    Ah pimples…can’t get rid of them! But we all have to accept this, don’t we?

  16. swathishenoy says:

    Pimple problems! I have seen my best friend go on and on about them! But as you said, it is important who we are inside more than how we look.
    PS: This is one of my favourite songs <3

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