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Who Nose?

I have a deep respect for the human nose in all it’s beautiful glory. In fact, I'd be broke if I were a cosmetic surgeon because I think noses are just fine in their natural state. They speak of our ancestry on the one hand, and on the other hand, they give our face character. Big noses, little noses, crooked noses, upturned, down turned; they each tell a story that is unique to the person who wears it. Why not embrace it!

I would go as far as saying that the human nose is a kind of a monument, a national treasure of sorts, an icon of our pride and our personal identity. It’s both the sundial and time keeper of our life. When we fix a bad nose, and make it a good nose, why is it good after it’s changed? Is it prettier, or is it really just more appealing to those who look at it with the eyes they have sitting between the nose on their own faces? If we fix a bad nose but we turn it up to others and treat them unfairly, I have to wonder, is that new nose actually prettier after it was fixed or did it actually get uglier? 

When the story of Pinocchio was told to me as a child, I always remembered what the Blue Fairy told Pinocchio; she said that the truth was as plain as the nose on his face. Pinocchio wanted to be a real boy. But what about a real child who experiences the real pain of being made fun of for having a bad nose. What do we do about this age old dilemma? Do we fix it, or do we wear it proudly? 

My broader point (no pun intended) is that, a nose gives our face character. It’s something on our face that never stops growing throughout our whole life. That says a lot about this unique looking feature sitting in the middle our faces. It will always grow, and this is a fact we cannot change.

Maybe we can accept that not everything lives up to what others think is ideal. Maybe we need to reevaluate beauty standards by reminding ourselves that the ideal beauty is found in the heart.

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