Adult Acne.

I never had acne when I was a teenager. I’d get the odd pimple now and again, you know, hormonal type spots, but I never had acne. Every picture that still exists of me from when I was a teenager, if you look back I had picture perfect, clear skin.

So it only makes sense that now that I am 30 years old, my face is covered in acne.

Honestly. Spots. Everywhere.

I can’t get rid of the damn things from my face, no matter what I do.

It’s awful because I get this insecure feeling about my face… like I shouldn’t go out in public. And that’s so silly, because no one cares about someone having acne, especially a total stranger. I just feel as though I’m not putting my best face forward, and if I’m not putting my best face forward, people won’t see past that and see the real me.

I realize these are first world problems. But oh my. Can the skin fairy come and please tell me what is causing this? Because I’ve researched everything online and no matter what I do, it only seems like I’m poking the monster and making it worse.

Honestly, part of me thinks some of it might be genetics. I remember when I was young, my mom struggled with acne.

Anyways, my rant is over now.

Worries of the day.

Today hasn’t been the greatest of days. My anxiety is exceptionally high and I don’t know how to control it.

My brother lied to me this morning. Right to my face. I knew that he lied to me when he did it and he knew he lied to me when he did it, and still, when I called him out on the lie, he chose to try and ‘save himself’ by offering up another lie. I don’t believe in lying to someone to spare their feelings. Knowing that my brother is lying to me doesn’t spare any feelings. It just pisses me off. I wish he would just tell me the truth. That’s all I want, the truth.

On a completely different note, I’m worried about my parents. My mom, I’ve been worried about for a while. My dad, lately, has become a new worry of mine. He seems to be struggling more and more with simple tasks. And though he’s been incredible at helping my mom through her cancer treatments, he’s getting very forgetful. I can say something two or three times and he’ll still ask me again as though we’ve never talked about it before. He’s also losing his hearing. Having a simple conversation is getting increasingly difficult and it’s worrisome to see, to be a part of, and to not be able to help with.

Switching gears again, I lost out on a job interview today. I got an email at 9:00 am this morning asking me to come for an interview in another province at 10:00 am tomorrow morning. Under normal circumstances doing that is difficult. How do I get there in less than 24 hours? And even if I could get there in 24 hours, the cost of that job interview on my behalf? It’s hard. It’s so hard. I have so many abilities and so much potential and I’m continuing to hit these roadblocks. I want to feel like I’m contributing to society. I want to be working. How do I justify spending $1,000 on an interview that has no guarantee it’ll even pan out? When I asked if I could push the interview back to later this week or early next (as a means to give myself more time to formulate a plan to get there) I was told that they’re moving forward with interviewing candidates willing to come in when requested of and wished me luck with future career endeavors. Thanks, I guess.

Lastly, I’ve been feeling quite sick lately. I’ve been chalking it up to being stressed about just about everything in my life, so I’ve been trying to not get anxious about it. But the truth is, the nausea is worrisome. I can’t seem to eat anything without feeling sick. And I’m tired. So tired. Not just in the literal sense, but in the figurative sense too. I’m struggling to sleep, I’m struggling to deal, and it’s hard.

I need to stop pouring my heart out to the internet, I know that. But it’s an outlet, for now. And if something can help me feel at list a little bit less anxious, I’m going to do it.

“Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

Alfred Lord Tennyson

The struggles of being male.

I’m not male. I think that’s obvious by the posts that I’ve made on this blog. That being said, following my ‘Struggles of being a girl’ posts, I was challenged to come up with what I believe are ‘Struggles of being male’.

If you’re a guy and you’re reading this – if I am way off here, please don’t get offended. Please feel free to teach me more of what it’s like to be a male in 2019. After all, I am all about learning and I would genuinely like to know more of what it’s like to ‘wear your shoes’ so to speak.

Without further adieu, here goes:

  1. Societal expectations of ‘manliness’. I definitely don’t think it’s easy to be a man in a world where societal definitions of ‘manliness’ is to always be tough and always be strong and always be the ant holding the world on his shoulders. While I’m sure that every man has inherent toughness to him, I don’t think it can be an easy feat to always be ‘on’ and never be allowed to be vulnerable, or to struggle, or to just have a bad day. A lot of men in this world don’t/won’t talk about their feelings because of the notion that it makes them look weak… and that is not fair.
  2. Being turned-on in public. While I don’t witness this frequently (due to the fact that I definitely don’t wander around looking at men’s crotch areas) I have witnessed this a few times in my life. I can imagine that it’s extremely uncomfortable and awkward when it happens, especially because it can quite often be something out of a guy’s control. I reckon it’s a definite struggle of being male.
  3. All guys being labeled as bad guys. There are absolutely some pretty horrendous human beings who are a part of the male gender in this world. Those particular bad guys tend to ruin things for the rest of the gender because it’s so easy to right off guys as bad when one treats you poorly. I don’t think it comes from a place of malice when a girl labels guys as bad (the broken-heart can cause some serious judgement), but I do believe it’s not fair to the nice-guys and the good guys of this world when it happens.
  4. You’re expected to pay for everything. I’m truly not sure where this notion comes from. Perhaps it’s partially due to wage disparity, but probably largely due to the ‘manliness looks after’ notion, either way, I don’t think that it’s fully fair to men that they’re required to pay for everything. Whether it a meal, or a manicure, or whatever the expense may be, I have friends who will make the men in their lives pay for it. They’re not their husbands, or boyfriends, or even relations – they’re just guys they expect to buy them things. I don’t think that’s fair, or right. You shouldn’t be required to buy a girl something just to remain in her orbit.
  5. Facial Hair. As a female, I complain a lot about shaving my legs. But, truth be told, if I don’t want to shave my legs, I can put on pants and no one will be the wiser. Facial hair, on the other hand, you cannot hide. To those of you who shave every day, I commend you. You’re amazing. It’s also amazing how fast facial hair can grow. To shave in the morning and feel that 5’o clock shadow by the end of the work day – that has got to be annoying. And I’m bet that girls heckling you about the equivalence of kissing a chia-pet only makes shaving that much more annoying. Facial hair just seems as though it would be a massive annoyance.
  6. Double standards. I can’t imagine how frustrating it is when a man suffers or struggles with a very real issue that women deal with every day and, as a man, he’s treated as though it doesn’t matter. Men can be sexually harassed, too. And when they are, often times people either don’t believe them or they use the stereotypical ‘Man Up’ response, as though the harassment shouldn’t matter because they’re a man and they should be tough. Some women treat men awfully, and society expects them to grin and bear it and for that, just know – I hear you, I understand you and I feel your frustrations/pains.
  7. Balding. Seriously – balding must be a real bitch. (Please forgive my language, I felt it a necessary inflection of the sentence) If you’re one of the lucky ones (cough ~ John Stamos) who’ll have luscious hair forever, count your blessings. But, for the majority of men, society isn’t always kind about a man’s appearance when his hair is thinning. Also – tying this to the facial hair point – how weird is it that the hair on the top of your head starts thinning but the hair on your chin stays bushy like a werewolf forever? I don’t understand. Either way, though, I feel you.
  8. Guys are not always kind to one another. I’ve noticed this quite a lot, actually. Unless they’re friends, I’ve noticed that guys can be quite mean to each other – both to one another’s faces and behind each other’s backs. It’s got to be tough to think that you’re in competition with someone just because he’s there and he exists.
  9. Urinals. I don’t really think this one needs explanation – so I will just say – peeing in front of other men has got to create some really weird/awkward situations.

As with all struggles, I am sure that there are a ton. I could likely go on and on with this list, but I will leave it here for now. If you’re a guy and you read this, I hope that I’m not too far out-of-touch with the struggles that you face. If you have any struggles that you’d like to add to my list, or you’d like to educate me on anything that I’ve included on this list, I welcome the discussion.

The struggles of being a girl, part two.

I realize with the last list that I made that there are so many struggles that come with being a girl. And so, I’ve compiled a part two. This is meant to look at things in a light-hearted way, but also, to be informative and serious. This list is not meant to bash anyone or tear anyone down. I’m also not whining, I’m just talking about the very real reality of being a female in 2019. Here goes:

  1. “Don’t be such a girl” and”Don’t be such a pussy” and “You’re such a whiny little bitch” and so on and so forth… We’ve all heard them before. It’s likely that we’ve even said them ourselves a few times without realizing what we’re doing. Have you ever noticed though, when someone from the male gender is insulted, he’s referred to as having some sort of feminine characteristics… implying that females are weak, horrible and whiny. I most often hear men use them as insults, but I will say that women do it as well. Whenever I hear it though, I remind people that if their main form of insulting someone is by degrading my entire gender, they’re coming off looking pretty stupid.
  2. The Pink Tax. Have you ever looked at two like products, identical even, one marketed towards women and one marketed towards women? The women’s item costs more. Always. Companies put higher prices on items marketed towards women – though it might be just small, it’s something that adds up. 8% here, 10% there and you can look at thousands of dollars by the time a year is done. Where you can, if you know about the Pink Tax, you can buy the products marketed towards men. But, it’s not always possible. And imagine how much that adds up over a lifetime. Next time you’re in the grocery store – wander down the aisle and compare like products of men’s shave gel to women’s shave gel, or a men’s razor to a women’s razor. There will be a difference in price.
  3. Wage Disparity. It’s a proven fact that women earn 79 cents for every dollar that a man makes for like positions of employment. I happen to have experienced this firsthand at my last position – where I had a male counterpart with no education, four years less experience than I and little-to-no knowledge of the industry, who made 12,000 more per year than I made. This happens everywhere. Men seem to be valued more in work environments in spite of what a female may bring to the table. I have a friend who, in an entry level position obtained with his bachelor’s degree, makes more in his second year of work than his wife does with a PhD and five years experience. Now I understand they work in different industries, but how does a doctor make less than someone who barely scraped through a bachelors degree? I think that it’s something people gripe about, but then often forget about and move on with their lives because it seems like a battle too big to wage. But honestly, I wish there were more people talking about it. There are doctors, lawyers, welders, mechanical engineers, and so many more women who are making less than there male counterparts for seemingly no other reason than they are not male.
  4. Feminine hygiene products are a ‘luxury’. This is an important thing to to note – in many parts of the United States, and the world for that matter, feminine hygiene products are taxed as being a luxury item. This has nothing to do with the Pink tax, this has to do with government’s making a willing decision to declare these products as something that is not needed, but rather, something we just choose to buy because we like them. This luxury tax can range anywhere from 5 to 14 percent, for the purchase of something that is ‘not a necessity’ according to government. I don’t know when PMS became a choice, but if I could choose to be without it, I would. In the meantime though, it seems like a lofty price to pay over a lifetime solely for the fact that you’re a woman with properly functioning body parts.
  5. When your bra tries to kill you. (Okay, I’m being a bit dramatic with that leadup) It’ll happen so casually, you’re just out one day – walking down the street in the sunshine with a friend or your dog and bam… out of nowhere there’s a sharp pain in your chest. Just because the laws of the universe say you can never keep your comfortable bras, one wire has exploded out the side of your bra and shoved itself into your skin, possibly hard enough to cause you to bleed. It doesn’t happen very often, but I’m certain that every girl knows how it feels.
  6. Trying to run with big boobs, or boobs in general. I’m not a runner. That is largely in part to the size of my boobs. I explained it to a male friend of mine once by asking him to put his backpack on his front instead of his back, and then telling him to run down the road. I genuinely think he understood after that point. It’s just… harder. If you’re a girl and you’re a runner – I commend you. Girl you are my hero.
  7. Being slut shamed without being slut shamed. Honestly, when you try to explain a story of something that made you uncomfortable, or scared, or mad, about an interaction with someone and the person you’re telling the story to asks “what were you wearing?”, that’s a real piss off. That’s how you slut shame someone without calling them a slut and I hate it. I hate it when I hear that phrase. Whether you’re wearing a mini skirt or a down parka, it really doesn’t give anyone the right to mistreat you.
  8. When we focus on our work we’re considered not girly enough and we when we focus on our looks we’re considered vain. That’s really all there is to it. No explanation necessary.
  9. Bobby pins and hair ties seem to grow legs and walk away. I can’t even fathom how much money I’ve spent on these items over the years. Where do they all go? Perhaps they’re all having a party somewhere in the sunshine. Oh, it’s especially the worst when you’re down to your last hair tie and you go to put up your hair in a nice ponytail and the hair tie breaks in your hand. Cringe.

Regardless of your gender I think we can all agree that we need to be nice to one another. Everyone goes through struggles in life and we’ve all got a battle to fight. Be kind.

Struggles of being a girl, part one >

Fuck you, anxiety.

I woke up today anxious.

I have no reason to be anxious. There’s nothing wrong. I’m not waiting on news. I’m not in peril. I’m not in pain. My family and friends are all alright. What is wrong? Why is my anxiety through the roof right now? I don’t know.

Perhaps that’s the thing that pisses me off about anxiety. When there’s something clearly wrong with me I am able to work through and figure out how to de-stress my life, my self or my surroundings. But anxiety doesn’t always work like that. Anxiety works like a massive ninja that sneaks up on you like a massive ninja when you least expect it, leaving you distraught, unsettled and frustrated with life.

I’m not sure how much I’ll do today or how far I’ll go. Perhaps my time is best spent at home, looking after myself. I don’t know.. we’ll see.

9 struggles that come with being a girl.

While I’m very serious about each of these opinions, I’ve taken a more light-hearted/sarcastic tone with explanations. I realize they’re absolutely my own opinions and that, for the most part, they’re very much first world problems. It’s just meant to be more of a light-hearted laugh. Hopefully I’m not the only one who can relate to these things.

#GirlPower

  1. Getting cat called. Seriously, in no way, shape or form does this ever feel good. If anything, it makes you feel cheap… and very insecure. At least it does for me.
  2. Why does everything for girls need to be pink? Honestly. It’s as though male specific products got every colour under the spectrum, but then it comes to female specific products and it’s pink. It’s always pink. As girls are we just supposed to only like the colour pink?
  3. People assuming you know nothing about sports because you’re a girl. Because why would we know anything about sports? All we’re supposed to care about is lipgloss and high heels, right?
  4. When you’re not allowed to legitimately be angry, with people passing it off as ‘You’re just PMSing’. No, you’re just being an asshole and pissing me off. Furthermore, PMS does not make me angry. I know because I’ve been experiencing it 12 times a year for nearly two decades.
  5. “When are you having kids?” This is specifically one for when you reach adulthood. Oh, and don’t forget about how much more awful it gets being asked this question when you have a boyfriend or significant other. It’s as though as soon as you reach a certain age being female, you’re of ‘breeding age’ and everyone is expecting you to have kids. What if I want to establish my career? What if I don’t want kids at all?
  6. Good hair days never last long enough and bad hair days are always too frequent. It’s true. On the days when I feel as though my hair is actually cooperating with me, I figure it’ll last for 3-5 hours… tops. And every other day of the week I rock that ‘just out of bed’ look and that’s the best it gets.
  7. Bra sizes are never the same. NEVER. Sizes differ from store to store and even from bra to bra. You can purchase two bras that are the exact same size in the same store and one will fit and one won’t. Come to think of it, this is really true about all clothing in general. Last week I bought two pair of jeans from Old Navy that were the same size – one pair fit like a glove and the other I couldn’t get over my hips.
  8. Listening and singing along to a really badass song on the radio and then it gets to the point where there are exceptionally degrading comments about girls. You thought it was such a good song and now you’re questioning your choices and why you would like something that profits of the degrading of your gender.
  9. The struggles that come with washing your hair. Because washing your hair means that you need to dry your hair and then do your hair because you have to at least try and then you’ve lost several hours of your day so you start trying to last longer between hair washings.