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The Curse of Brace-Face


“Braces are ugly, painful, and horrible.”

Yup. I’ve been there. But now my teeth are all straight and it was totally worth it! Right?

Braces make eating even the mushiest bananas hard. So why do we put ourselves through this socially acceptable form of torture? And how socially acceptable is it really? No, you won’t get dragged though the streets for having braces. No you won’t get sprayed with fire hoses. No you won’t be exiled from your town. CALM DOWN! But you do get dragged down through the Jr. High School hierarchy until you sit dead last in the line of waiting-to-be-a-High-Schooler.  You will get sprayed in the face on a monthly basis by your orthodontist and his/her/creature from the black lagoon’s water-sprayer-thingy that they shoot you in the mouth with then in your eye “on accident”. And yes, you will be exiled from any and all forms of weekend fun.

Ok, so maybe that was a little dramatic, but it’s not wrong. With rubber bands criss-crossing your mouth, making conversation (or any speech) a real challenge; with the sleepless nights due to the aching and ever present pain coming from your teeth being rearranged; and with the insides of your mouth getting cut, giving you eerily Joker-esque scars on the inside of your mouth, braces aren’t far from hell. Or as close as any eighth grader can get to the fiery gates. So this begs the question: why? What was I thinking?!

Well, there’s the practical answer: my teeth weren’t growing in straight and having crooked teeth causes problems with digestion and stuff. But other than that… to make them look nice? Are these the kind of things we as a society are doing today to fit the ever changing norm of what is and what is not “beautiful”? My mom always said it was making my teeth beautiful. Is that what other moms say to their kids whose arms and legs are thinner than sticks? It’s making them beautiful? Is that what other moms say to their kids when they ask why their mom is going in to surgery to put plastic in her face? It’s making mommy beautiful? I sure hope not. I hope moms are saying “It’s making you beautiful” when their kids are trying out for their school play because they love theatre. Or when their teenager asks why they have to do gardening. Or best of all- when kids are asking if they should challenge society. Yes. Because it’s making you beautiful. It’s shaping your character. I guarantee you that the people who will love you for the rest of your life are the ones who think you have a beautiful soul and mind. Not teeth. I promise.

So even though your teeth might get you noticed (and maybe not always in a good way), it’s the people who stick around because of your personality that will tell the embarrassing stories of your horrible brace-face at your wedding. Their the ones you’re going to miss the most when you’re off at college or whatever. Those are the people that you’re going to love and that are going to love you for the rest of your life. So let’s see…. Braces are beautiful because society doesn’t think that they are. They are the beautiful disasters we all go through that help us grow.

Don’t forget the glitter- iamtheseventies.




“I don’t like half-shaved heads. It just doesn’t look attractive to me.”

Feel free to replace “half-shaved heads” with any trademark feature, such as nose piercings, tattoos, platform boots, or the”mop top”. Since The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show almost 50 years ago to the day, young rebels have been challenging the fashion status quos. Even though hair slightly longer than a buzz cut might not seem like anything to put your panties in a twist today, when the Fab Four introduced their “mop top” look to America, it was extremely radical.

(Below: Luis “Skrillex” has been in my Spanish class for a solid 2 years and, honestly, he’s probably the only reason I’m still in that class. )

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday we young’uns are still causing quite the riot, and we have more options of how to look when we do it. In the grand year 2014, no matter how you dress, do your hair or make-up, you can probably find a group of people in your school who dig it. We are a much more diverse culture than we were just 50 years ago.Take the “half-shaved head” look. Sure, it’s something to look at; but I think they can pull it off. It’s how they want the world to see them. We all send out a message, and this is theirs.


(Above: Ethan, the punk drummer in the local rock and roll band Pernicious Nonsense. Check them out here.)


(Above: Lily, the artist. This diamond in the rough is a very talented member of the VADA academy, and boy does she shine.)

(Below: Chandler, the lover of anime. Also in VADA, this crazy fun guy is practically oozing creativity.)



No, being an individual is never easy until you find your people. It takes courage, time, and, most importantly, confidence.  You have to believe in who you are to be yourself and persevere until you find someone who like you for you also. Then the going gets easier.



I guess what I’m preaching is that criticism is just a side affect of individualism. And if you are one to criticize, don’t think you’re special. Everybody is constantly judging the next body, despite its background, story, or personality crisis. For every nag you throw down, someone else is nagging on you. But it’s those of us who can tune out the nasty voices and focus on the fun ones in our head that pull out of this battlefield called life faring best. Just something to dream on. Best Adventures- your friendly neighbourhood Mars Martian.  Oh! and-

Don’t forget the glitter. iamtheseventies

(all pictures by yours truly. special thanks to Ethan, Skrillex, Lily, and Chandler for being awesome.)