Uzo Aduba, is an actress on the popular television series, Orange is the New Black. Her character's name on the show is "Crazy Eyes". Well there's nothing crazy about the (actual) woman who portrays her. Uzo is of Nigerian descent and she recalls a time when she hated the gap in between her teeth. I mention her Nigerian descent because in this clip, you hear her say how she loathed her gap living in Massachusetts; however, her mother informed her that in Nigeria her gap is linked to her family bloodline. Her gap is a "sign of beauty" in Nigeria and a way in which their family is identified in their village. How powerful. Can you imagine changing something so signficant? It's almost like chaning your fingerprint, DNA.
Often times there are things about ourselves that we want to change because those *things* stand out, appear odd, or are made fun of by others who frankly are misinformed. Even though Uzo's mother told her how beautiful her gap was, it wasn't until a photographer at her school told her how beautiful her smile was that she finally believed it.
We live in a world that promotes sameness and unrealistic standards of beauty that are unattainable and unrealistic for a lot of people. Yet folks constantly try to morph themselves into being something that they will never be. It's almost like trying to stuff a square peg in a round hole. It will never fit now matter how many ways you twist and turn it. A suare peg will fit in a square hole though. ;)
I loved when Uzo said, now she smiles all the time to make up for all of the times she hid her gap as a child. Isn't that amazing. Sometimes it takes those full circle moments to realize that the thing you hated the most about yourself, becomes one of your greatest attributes.
What's something about yourself that you wanted to change when you were younger and now you love?
(*note: I am not against cosmetic procedures, braces or anything that you feel you need to improve your life. Live your life and do what makes you happy. Just remember to love yourself.)