I have a skin condition called Vitilgo. Vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder that causes pigment to disappear. My body is scattered with randomly shaped patches and spots that have lost all colour. I’ve named them my islands of white. Thousands of people are living with the condition in varying degrees. Although it is purely cosmetic with no other sinister symptoms, Vitiligo can be deeply debilitating. Self esteem can disappear along with the pigment, leaving many people who have the condition feeling odd, unusual, self conscious – sadly uncomfortable in their ever shifting skin.
Shift the balance. Centre yourself.
Think on aspect of yourself that you are dissatisfied with or that you try to wish away. It can be a physical feature, a medical condition or a personality trait. Write in detail about that aspect of yourself. Spend time reflecting on how it has affected your life. Are you self conscious? Does it stop you from moving forward? Are you worried about other people’s judgment?Now think of an aspect of yourself that you feel good about. A strength. A quality or feature you have been complimented on and feel proud of. How has it benefited you? Give this part equal time and attention. Be specific.