Have you ever opened an old drawer and found an old picture of yourself, only to discover how funny you looked back then and how many insecurities you had? Merilee and her friend were remembering their teenage years. The conversation took them to the point where her friend wasn’t convinced that Merilee had any awkward years back then. This wasn’t true.
She had to wear glass because of her poor vision, was the queen of nerds, didn’t know how to do her hair, had no budget for fashionable clothes, and was very shy. All this turned to bullying which she survived with the loving support of her family and true friends.
However, the friend was still not convinced, and as proof, Merilee sent her a photo from her nerdy years taken 20 years ago and asked her to keep it private. The ghosts of the past still bothered her. However, this awkward discussion turned to a wonderful awkward project. Side-by-side pictures of past and present worked as proof of how far Merilee has come, and she decided to make it public so others could see what she saw when holding a fifth grade photo of herself.
We’ve all had those awkward years in one form or another. Whether it was braces, big glasses, zits, awfully styled hair, or victims of terrible fashion, we can all think back to at least one photo that is especially incriminating. I have several! I might show more of myself as time goes on. In a way, it’s very healing for me.
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Images used with permission of Merilee.