I've been thinking about my mouth a lot lately (that's weird, right?) Mainly because I have a wisdom tooth growing in and it hurts like the dickens. Seriously painful... (it has caused my lymph nodes to swell and I have a sore throat; but I won't be going to the dentist)
I've always been self conscious about my teeth. I have a lot of spaces and I'm missing a couple of teeth (you can't really tell) and apparently I'm going to be losing one sometime soon. I would hate to have that tooth just fall out right in the middle of a conversation with someone. I grew up with my siblings getting work done; braces, retainers, binator. Have you ever seen a binator? Actually have you ever heard someone talk with a binator in their mouth? Pretty much impossible.
I also got made fun of (good natured fun) because my mouth kind of resembles a horse when I laugh or smile real big; I've got a lot of gums. I can't hear a horse neigh without being taken back to my youth. I had healthy, strong teeth and not to toot my own horn but I have only ever had one cavity and that's in my baby tooth which has yet to fall out.
As I was thinking about my pained tooth eariler today, I realized something. Or rather I had an epiphany (cause that's so much more important sounding) I like my teeth. I have come to accept and embrace my mouth with my big gums, spaced teeth, crooked-ness and horse-like qualities. I would be sad to not have them anymore.
I certainly won't be wearing lipstick anytime soon (maybe one day) but I also no longer cover my mouth when I laugh or smile big. I'm not sure when it happened; just a couple years ago I was talking about getting Invisiline braces. But my Dad always embraced his teeth and the big space smack dab in the middle and I guess I learned from his example.
So what have you embraced about yourself? Am I the only one who has had to accept something so small and petty about themselves? Cause really in the grand scheme of things, how important are my teeth anyway? Not very.
Of course I would be sad if I had to go without my beloved Nachos or any other equally delicious food....