My Real Life Battle With W.U.D.
Friday, January 15, 2016
So what's with the all the headless photos I've been posting lately?
I've actually been wanting to address this for awhile. So thank you for asking, fictional person. To be completely honest, in the winter I suffer from a disease called W.U.D. I've talked about it before, but not a lot because it can be a little embarrassing.
In my opinion, it's extremely under diagnosed, hard to treat, and very hard on the self confidence.
I should also note it's a very superficial illness. Perhaps you've heard of it, it's more commonly known as Winter Ugly Disorder. It tends to affect people a little more heavily in northern regions where they can go weeks without seeing the sun. (Did I use the correct "affect" there? Or is it effect? I don't know and I don't care bc it doesn't MAKE SENSE.)
W.U.D. can also cause slight freak-outs, as you just noticed above regarding my lack of grammar knowledge.
W.U.D. affects everyone differently depending on your genetics and lifestyle. For example, some of my side effects include dry and flaky skin, known to feel like it's on fire if the correct lotion is not applied.
Do I want to admit I spent an hour yesterday watching beauty videos on youtube trying to figure out why every woman's face I see appears moist and dewy while mine is practically cracking off? No. No I don't want to admit that.
Also, what's going on with this look right now? I don't love my dry skin, but I may prefer it to the drenched wet look- if I'm being truthful. But maybe that's my W.U.D. speaking!!
Because of W.U.D., at any given moment my hair looks like a three year old ran a balloon over it. When I brush it, I can actually hear pieces of my hair snap.
My lips are chapped and cracked all the time. And if I'm not careful, I might just end up with that red ring of shame around my mouth like the dirty kid from elementary who couldn't stop licking his damn lips. You know who you are.
Other symptoms of W.U.D. include:
*A face that does not match one's neck.
*Orange palms and fingers. And ankle bones.
*Excess hair growth on the legs.
*Increased appetite: for pizza.
*Wearing the same sweatpants day after day.
*Starting Scandal from the beginning on Netflix.
*Looking at Kayla Itsines abs on Instagram.
*The desire to start drinking at 4:30 p.m.
*Buying teeth whiteners on amazon because maybe whiter teeth will make you feel better.
*Scrolling TBT photos of yourself from college on spring break and thinking, man I'd never wear that short ass skirt now. But I do look kinda cute... Wonder if I still own that skirt?
But most of all, W.U.D. affects the self esteem. It hits you at the core. And we all deal with this in our own way. For me personally, I try to overcompensate my WUDiness by posting disgusting videos of myself on snapchat exposing my likeliness to Joe Dirt and our similar blonde mullets.
You can't deny there is a resemblance there.
But I refuse to let my W.U.D. run my life. I'm getting a haircut today! A real one. Not one I do over the sink right before I shower.
If you suffer from W.U.D., it's time to stop hiding. We can beat this. Get off your couch, bathe in a tub of Vaseline, and then bronze yourself with bronzer like you've never bronzed before!
You got this.
No go have a great weekend, everyone!