In All the Illusions of Social Media Perfection, Here I Am

#TruthTuesday in effect.

Guys, this is me. I wrestled sharing this, but I am all about authenticity – I think you know that by now.

So, let’s get to it, shall we? I always share with a purpose and for a reason.

Last fall, I kissed my son goodnight and we leaned into each other and my nose was smacked hard. I had a nasal trauma, and what was already a pretty ugly nose, got even uglier.

I have wrestled with the idea of shaving the bump on my nose since my early twenties. So, after this incident, I went to a plastic surgeon and asked what could be done for the gonzo honker.

And OMG.

A few things:

  • When I saw the before (meaning my current nose), I was shocked at how UGLY I am from the side. I cannot believe I actually look like this. 🙁
  • When I saw the after, I couldn’t believe how I could actually have a nice nose! It’s beyond me. I’ve been insecure my whole life about my nose! This was amazing!!

And then I sent it to my friend/doctor, and he said, “Why would you want a perfect nose? I like your nose now- it’s you and it’s your character.”

So, I decided: I’m living with a crooked nose. I’m not changing my face at 44.

And my goal of today’s post, is I want to normalize what aging is, and what imperfection is. We get wrinkles and cellulite and weight gain and grey hair. Shit, that sucks. And truth: I really feel old looking next to some amazing looking women my age, some who add things to their face and body to keep it young. I get tempted, I honestly do. I work on TV and see the imperfections on HD TV every week! I also have ZERO judgement of anyone who wants to tweak a few things, hey, why the hell not? I am just trying to be comfortable with who I am naturally, at 44. I guess it’s almost a dare to myself. I saw my mom grow to be a beautiful NATURAL woman, and I want them same.

So, back to my nose. I guess you can still call me Gonzo. Hey, hey, what’s up?

In All the Illusions of Social Media Perfection, Here I Am

Erica Diamond

Founder

Teaching women how to prioritize SELF-CARE, Erica Diamond is a Certified Life Coach and Certified Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Lifestyle and Parenting Correspondent on Global TV, Founder of Bliss Essential (BlissEssential.co), Professional Speaker, Host of The Erica Diamond Podcast, Course Creator of Busy To Bliss (BusyToBliss.com), Author of the women’s entrepreneurial book 99 Things Women Wish They Knew Before Starting Their Own Business, and Founder & Editor-In-Chief of the Award-Winning Lifestyle Platform EricaDiamond.com® (previously WomenOnTheFence.com®). Erica Diamond has been named to the coveted list of The Top 20 Women in Canada, FORBES Magazine’s Top 100 Sites for Women and a Profit Hot 50 Canadian Company. Erica Diamond was the Spokesperson for National Entrepreneurship Day and is a Huffington Post contributor.