Effect: Irritable, insecure, irrational, depressed, locked inside the house.
Effect: Learning life's most valuable lessons.
Yes, despite giving a hundred problems and creating a havoc in your everyday life, zits also give you valuable lessons - afterall, your enemies are your biggest teachers, right?
This post is just about those - the stories of my favorite pimples and those loving acne scars that taught me what nothing else could. Since knowledge increases by sharing, I'd impart my wisdom here:
Problem - The onset of pimples
Effect - LESSON # 1 - they taught me to remain faithful and always be there for my close ones.
It all started when I was 15. I was a walking-talking witch in broad day light with my crooked teeth. One day I noticed a beauty spot go wrong on my face. I thought it would fade away. To my surprise it called its other friends and started a party.
That day and today, pimples come and go at will. They especially show their faithfulness on special occasions - birthday, anniversary, Diwali, Holi and, not to forget, Valentines Day. Your spouse can forget a date, but these tiny creatures are your true lovers, always there on time!
Problem - Going to school with a scarred face
Effect - LESSON # 2 - They made me realise that time was NOW.
I was, sort of, a naive teenager. These zits needed professional help. I immediately went to my mother who looked at the dots and simply smiled. Her daughter was growing up - I get it. But there was no need to smile! She said they would fade away with time.
Ah, time. Time is what I didn't have. At that age, time was a few hours away! Every morning was a new day when we had to impress some special 'people'! A school function was also on the cards. I immediately Googled for things I could do, and I was served with various recipes that would apparently give diarrhea to the pimples and they would die.
I swear, I never said to anyone that they would rot in hell as much as I told those tiny dots on my face.
Problem - Grandma's remedies
Effect - LESSON # 3 - If you can't eat it, apply it!
Like uninvited guests, these pimples made me spend the next few days in and out of the kitchen. My Maggi making skills had given way to mixing Multani Mitti with honey and what not. They made me treat them like they were judges in a cookery show where I had to concoct dishes that would either delight them to take me to the next level, or impress me by eliminating my enemies.
Nothing helped. 'People' were left unimpressed and school functions were spent in despair. Mum hung on to the phrase ' they would go with time.'
Problem - Asking for help
Effect - LESSON # 4 - Google baba does not have sane answers to everything.
Like for all things in this world, I turned to Google devta again. I don't have words to tell you how he treated me. I'll let the picture do the talking:
Problem - The pills they give
Effect - LESSON # 5 - Cute boys can lie through their Puppy Dog eyes.
When my blood came back to normal temperature after it rose above 100 degrees on seeing that picture, I spent the next few years giving it time. Friends were sympathetic because most of them were going through the same phase. We would try different doctors and pop in pills. We even tried a funny medicine mostly because it had a cute boy on the package cover. But the dude betrayed us. I told you, only and ONLY pimples were a faithful lot.
Problem - Those Aunties
Effect - LESSON # 6 - Always remember that you were in someone's shoes once.
When friends were cooperative, relatives were a nightmare. At every wedding an aunt would tsk and I would tsk tsk in my heart. She would point at me and remind me of how I was letting a world of villains inhabit my face. Yes dear, I had a mirror at home. I KNEW! Just as you did when you were younger which was like a hundred years ago.
Worse was when they suggested remedies - they did not know that I had enough products at home to start my very own spa!
Problem - Looking for answers
Effect - LESSON # 7 - All articles that start with '10 things...' are not necessarily comprehensive
Friends and family were not so important. College was a time to fall in love and I was looking for a clear skin so that a man can go ahead and fall head over heels in love with me! I kept telling myself that beauty was skin deep, that looks really didn't matter. But those obnoxious creatures, they were aliens on my body and they just needed to go.
So I looked up other ways to 'impress'!! I was betrayed yet again:
Effect - LESSON # 8 - Photo editing skills and make-up classes have more value in the real world than trigonometry.
See, love happened. Mostly because beauty was indeed skin deep. But also because the zits played hide and seek with a few successful face wash and home remedies. I thought my ordeal had ended. Zits would come and go, but life will go on. That was till last year, when Ellen De'generes started the following rage:
Thankfully I am a grown up now and don’t believe that my life will come to an end with a simple pimple. But what should I do with that jealousy that comes when I see my friend posting 10 selfies a day religiously with a hashtag #nomakeup. Even I can use an application and clear my skin to look like Katrina Kaif (ahem!), but that makes me even more jealous. You know, since my photo self looks better than my real self.
To make matters worse, Selfie Queens go to restaurants and have that greasy, creamy food that lessor mortals like us cannot have. We have oily pores like we own the wells of Saudi Arabia. So these pictures with the hashtag #foodporn make me feel like a cow surviving on ghaas phoos!
Problem - The temptation to prick pimples
Effect - LESSON # 9 - Conquer your enemies with love.
Selfie rage will go one day, but these enemies are somewhat here to stay. Although we would like to grab a tool and be done with them in a minute, we all know that bloodshed has its own repercussions. Yes, been there done that! So serve your acne with Garniers of the world that pluck fresh Neem leaves, mix them lovingly in a magical potion and develop miraculous face wash. that try to lift our self esteem. Love, indeed, conquers all.
Problem - Hopelessness
Effect - LESSON # 10 - Everything has a positive side.
Now this may not be solely credited to pimples (like all the above lessons!), but you can see how I do see a positive side to everything; including zits! They trouble us like nothing else would, yet they give us valuable insights on life.
That doesn't really mean you are missing out on something if you don't have them. Afterall, there are other ways to learn these lessons!!
And those, my friends, are 10 great lessons pimples taught me. If you're wondering what made me reflect on these, go to IndiBlogger and check out their contest. Last but not the least, treat your pimples with love. Only love, in this case, is Garnier pure active Neem face wash!