Wow, this is probably the best write-up I’ve read today. I had this birthmark under my lower eyelid that people always thought was a fly perching there. At a point I became conscious of it and it made me uncomfortable. I asked my friends how I looked with that, most of them said it gave me extra beauty but then I’ve made up my mind to remove it because I was very uncomfortable when people focused on it rather than my whole face. I went for minor surgery to remove it. Now I regret because that eye is a bit narrower than the other. You see, one thing about ‘surgery to fix’ is that it always has something ugly sooner or later. Thanks Illona for posting this. I have decided to be beautiful on the inside and then keep the outside well groomed as it is. We should appreciate our looks. All of us are beautiful as we are. We only need to understand that even as we long to be like someone else, someone somewhere desire to be like us.