I think we can all agree that vacations are something we look forward to. After I booked my trip to Florida in March, I couldn’t wait to leave all my worries at the door, be in the 80 degree weather, and more excitably, be on the beach. But there’s one fear that I forgot to leave behind: Are people going to judge me because of my skin?
Preparing for my trip involved frantic trips to Target looking for shirts and dresses that could cover my chest and collarbone area where my psoriasis showed. I forgot how challenging shopping was now that I couldn’t hide behind turtlenecks and scarves. And bathing suit tops? Don’t even get me started.
Once in Florida, the first two days you couldn’t even tell I had psoriasis. The sweet rays of sunshine had cleared me up. But with psoriasis comes flare ups and sure enough, it flared up. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get envious looking around and seeing young women being carefree in their summer tops or bathing suits, while I had ugly, red blotches all over that were darn near impossible to cover up.
Surprisingly so, as the days flew by I totally forgot about my skin insecurities. I was having so much fun, I didn’t have time to think about what was running across people’s minds as I walked by. So what if people stare? Everyone has their flaws. It’s not worth ruining a vacation by worrying about what people think over something that can’t be changed.
Tell me, how are you learning you love your flaws?
Callie Dudek is a public relations coordinator at ProMedica. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Toledo.