I think my daughter is cute, of course. She’s a little pixie-sized 2-year-old with an outsized personality. But she’s also farsighted, and this fall had surgery to correct her strabismus (being cross-eyed). She wears these little purple glasses that are constructed to withstand anything a 2-year-old can throw at them.
These glasses make her quite distinctive. Whenever people see them they comment on them. We spent 5 hours together at an outlet mall this Saturday while my husband and the boys were skiing, and I lost track of the number of people who exclaimed “Oh! Those glasses! They’re so adorable!”
I kind of wonder what life is like when every time people see you they feel compelled to comment on some aspect of your appearance. I know that people who are very tall get this. Or people with bright red hair. People with very distinctive names get this when they introduce themselves. How does it shape your personality?
On some level, it’s not a bad thing to have people recognize you and remember you. “You know who I’m talking about — the really tall guy.” A distinctive name helps in the Google era. All of these can be part of your personal brand.
At least in my daughter’s case, she has a slightly easier time of it. When she gets older she can probably figure out something other than glasses to correct her vision if she wants. And glasses don’t make you that distinctive once you’re over age 8 or so. Whereas if you’re really tall there’s not a lot you can do to change that fact.
Do you, or does someone you know, have something distinctive about your appearance or your name? How do you deal with the inevitable comments?