The Thoughtful Spot 3: My Nose Isn't Centered on My Face... and other ramblings

My Nose Isn't Centered on my Face

My nose is not centered on my face. I don't know why I noticed this yesterday in the mirror of the bathroom at work. It's not the first oddity I've outlined when casually glancing at my physical self, but it might be the one that has perplexed me the most thus far. I've always known my glasses didn't sit right due to one ear being ever so slightly higher than the other... [I'm constantly fidgeting w/ the little rubber nose rest thingies in the middle.] I've been painfully aware of my hooked-nose profile which was loudly presented to me by a very mean boy in junior high who quite literally, guffawed, pointed and exclaimed, "Dude! You have a witch's nose!" But, what would have prompted me, after 32 years of living with this very same nose and this very same face (plus or minus a few freckles, wrinkles and renegade eyebrow hairs) to finally realize that my nose may be just a fraction left of center? (My left, not yours, if you were keeping track.)

I suppose we may never know the answer to that question. But, the fact of the matter remains: I am slightly asymmetrical.

Image: Tina Phillips /
Image: Tina Phillips /

Asymmetry aside, I'm fairly comfortable in my skin. I've gained and lost a few pounds here and there over the years. But, I still fit into t-shirts that I wore in junior high. [The pants are a slightly different story, but mostly because, after giving birth to two lovely boys, I'm a bit curvier in some places than I used to be... that, and I really, REALLY like ice cream - but, I'm going with the motherhood story for now.]

I've tried out a bunch of different hair cuts

and colors

and styles.

Haven't decided on one yet, but I think I'm close. Probably by the time I'm 52-ish I'll have it all figured out.

I'm in shape, and I'm healthy. I hate my glasses, but I can't fix my eyes, so I've settled into that one. I've been told I have a sexy back, and I really like my arms. I have terrible circles under my eyes, but I'll lay that card in the motherhood pile and hope it resolves in 18 to 20 years.

My point, if I may be so bold to suggest that I have one, is that I am one of the lucky few who notice a lot of their physical flaws and are simply o.k. with them. I like to dress up and look nice for special occasions, but other than that, I've just never been all that focused on what I look like. And yet, I am obsessed with this new development.

I don't think I'm upset by it so much as fascinated. Granted I don't look at my own face very often... Its tough to do without a mirror. Go ahead, try it. I'll wait.




[Please leave a comment below if you were successful, I'm very curious as to how you did it.]

Back to my very loosely defined "point" I think I am just incredulous over the fact that after 32 years, there are still things about my body that I am totally unaware of. Which got me to thinking... What else about myself do I have left to learn?

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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

I'm still success, TS. I must say, my friend, that at 32, I was in no way comfortable in my own skin, and had to wait another 10 to get that way. My nose is similarly askew!

Now, at 53, I hate to tell you that I haven't figured much out, but hey, maybe by 54!

Loved this Hub,


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Hey, I LOVE this hub. Self-awareness, self-exceptance are very important to everyone, but especially women, and especially as relates to our physiques.

I like your humorous spin and your easy-going style of writing VERY much.

And hey, you nose isn't THAT much off center. Doesn't make you a circus freak or anything.

Once in a while I get fascinated with my own hands. Hands are marvelous. The human engineering, the things we can do with them...and, hands are beautiful. Take a GOOD look at your hands.

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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

TS, thanks for a lighthearted read. After 40 years I am beginning to be comfortable in my skin. And why not? I have so much more of it now to be comfortable in.

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ThoughtfulSpot 6 years ago from PA Author

Laurel- Plenty of time to find that comfort zone. I have my up days and my down days. Welcome to the Sidewards Sinuses Acceptance club! And thanks for the read.

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ThoughtfulSpot 6 years ago from PA Author

Paradise- Thank you for the compliment, glad you are enjoying the reading. I'll look at my hands soon... I have to get them to hold still and stop typing first... Hold Still Darnit!! :)

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ThoughtfulSpot 6 years ago from PA Author

Sam - Thanks so much for reading. Glad your finding your skin more comfortable these days. Its a great gift to be o.k. with who you are.

ralwus 6 years ago

Oh well, being crooked on the outside is better than being a crook on the inside and yer still hot to me. So wear contacts and my ears are too big, I cannot fit into anything I wore when I was 54 let alone 15. My nose is too big as well now. You know, it never stops growing whether you lie or not. My wife has curves too at 62, like an apple.

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ThoughtfulSpot 6 years ago from PA Author

Thanks ralwus, for the compliment on the hub, AND my physique. The wonderful thing about men is that they get sexier as they age... kudos to your wife on holding on to such a prize as yourself.

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Dobson 6 years ago from Virginia

I liked this as I am very introspective and always looking for ways to improve my self concept. Fortunatley i am not swayed by others views, so it is mine that dominate my mind. You have an interesting delivery that I am sure will draw many to your work. This is a nicley developed hub.

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ThoughtfulSpot 6 years ago from PA Author

Thank you Dobson. I appreciate the read, and the compliment. I'm glad to hear that you are independently minded... It is really the healthiest way to live one's life.

soumyasrajan 6 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

Hey ThoughtfullSpot

very nice hub. I saw it only now. Why just any physical spot even mental or social spots, once you are aware of it and accept it, one can enjoy it. You start expressing it to others "well! I am like this and this...., I enjoy it". Then it becomes nothing but strength.

But I also remember an ancient story in India which I learnt in my childhood. A Peacock was admiring its body. "How nice are my feathers. So colorful. How nice is my beak... my whole body is so beautiful." Then it suddenly notices its legs,"Oh! my legs are so ugly, why did God give me such ugly legs..." Suddenly its neck is caught in a net. It can not fly, Fortunately legs are free. It uses all the strength in legs and gets out of net and runs away, thinking, "after-all, legs saved me".

soumyasrajan 6 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

Oh! Sorry I misspelt your name. It should have been ThoughtfulSpot

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ThoughtfulSpot 6 years ago from PA Author

What a wonderful comment soumyasrajan! Thank you. I really enjoyed the story. And, no worries about the name...

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