What physical features/defects/scars/etc. do you think make you unique as a person?

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I suppose what I'm trying to communicate in the thread title is that many of us have physical imperfections which might normally be viewed as something negative. However, I believe that these imperfections are something to be accepted and made into something positive. I am making this thread as someone born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate (essentially no upper lip at all) who at times takes a ride on the self-pity train due to the fact that despite many, many surgeries, I still look a good deal different from my peers.

All of these surgeries have left a multitude of scars on my body that will be there for the rest of my life. Rather than paint these scars as ugly, though, I'd rather think of them as making me unique in a world of interesting and diverse people.

One of my scars is located on my right hip, where bone was taken to use to fill gaps in my upper jaw caused by the whole cleft lip/palate issue. I've also recently gained a smaller scar on my left hip from a similar surgery. I also have scars behind both of my ears. One is small and is there because skin behind my ear was used as a substitute of sorts for the skin that should have been my upper lip (this has since been fixed by another surgery a year ago but there are now two distinct scars on my upper lip as well). The other ear scar is behind my right ear and seems to be quite large, even if I can't see it. I also have a small scar on my forehead unrelated to any surgery, gained when I was 3 or so years old by running into a chain link fence...for some reason.

Anyways, what I would like to know is: what physical imperfections do you all have that you try to turn into something that defines you? It could be something small from a small scar to a condition that has affected you for a long period of time. Or just defining features, I suppose. I guess I just took the "scars and defects" route. But feel free to just describe a unique feature if you can't think of anything else!

unique?...well no one is truly unique

mbaye the fact that I'm a young female and have a very plain hair colur....but I wont dye it because I dont want to have to deal with the up-keep

I get told quite often that I have really pretty hair. Not a physical imperfection but it dose get kind of annoying when I answer the question "how do you get your hair like that" with "I don't know generic shampoo" for the 50Th time.

I have this weird scar thing on the lower left part of my back. I've had it for pretty much all my life and neither me nor my family knows what it is. The doctors say it's nothing bad though, so it's fine.

I don't really think it makes me unique as a person, as it's easily covered by my clothes and I forget it's even there most of the time.

What does make me unique is the fact that I'm a twin. Almost every time I go somewhere with my brother, someone notices us and asks, "are you two twins"? I honestly don't see the big deal personally. But I guess if you don't have a twin or hell, even a sibling, seeing people like my brother and I would be probably be something out of the ordinary.

I am told I have pretty eyes. One guy told me I have "very honest eyes". I responded with "that's how you know I am a good liar". I also have a scar in the shape of Nike's/Victoria's wing on my left wrist. That is right; I have a symbol of victory on my wrist.

Vault101:
unique?...well no one is truly unique

That is quite arguable. Then again it depends on how detailed you want to get, but that is true for any comparison.

While wether it is 'negative' is really a matter of opinion/my confidence/etc. but I do try to keep some pride in my face as a whole.

You see I take a lot after my Dad in the facial department, first word out of just about anyone's mouth when they see a picture of my dad is 'You look like your Dad'. I consider this a point of pride. You see my dad died before I was born while he was trying to save some people in a car accident. I kind of like to think of my similarity to him as a way to keep his memory alive and to 'pay forward' what he did in a sense by continuing to help others whenever I can.

Another is the stretch marks I've developed on my stomach, ones that will likely still be there after I drop all my weight. Rather than viewing them as ugly I try to think of them as 'battle scars', rather than a bad momento of my chubbiness I want to view them as proof to myself and others that I can overcome something.

My cutie mark on my right butt cheek. It's in the shape of a piece of shrapnel that came through the bottom of the HMMWV :P

crudus:
I am told I have pretty eyes. One guy told me I have "very honest eyes". I responded with "that's how you know I am a good liar". I also have a scar in the shape of Nike's/Victoria's wing on my left wrist. That is right; I have a symbol of victory on my wrist.

Vault101:
unique?...well no one is truly unique

That is quite arguable. Then again it depends on how detailed you want to get, but that is true for any comparison.

well techicnally we are unique because in a hypothetical situation if a "different" sperm hit that egg then it wouldnt be "me" would it?..or would it?

my point is there is always somone like us...thats not a bad thing, almost comforting

usmarine4160:
My cutie mark on my right butt cheek. It's in the shape of a piece of shrapnel that came through the bottom of the HMMWV :P

So your special talent is being hit by shrapnel?

Somewhat jelly

I have...nothing really. My scars are somewhat well hidden. Otherwise im just your average generic guy.

Me? well...


I'm quite frankly insane, but rather intelligent. Sure, there's other smart crazy people, but that's the thing about insanity, we're all mad in our own ways, like pretty, occasionally violent snowflakes.

That, and I'm about one of the most hideous sites on this earth. I read HP lovecraft for the possibility of there being something more horrifying than me. I've strayed so far from human norm now, that I wonder whether I can even truly be called someone, or if "something" is more appropriate.

I have a birth mark on my leg that I used to think was ugly, but now I barely notice it, and wouldn't want to get rid of it. Also, I have a scar that runs up from my lip to near my nose, not very noticeable though, as I usually have stubble or a full on beard.

One of my eyes is higher up than the other one. Btu since they're still in line with each other, if you understand what I mean, so it's not noticeable.

well I have a nude lady with a shaved crotch tattoo covering my entire bicep... that usually makes it easy to pick me out in a crowd... yay for tequila!

also I have my nutsack pierced tho the general public usually doesn't get to see that one... yay for making bets when on tequila!

Vault101:
unique?...well no one is truly unique

Everyone is unique. Nobody is special.

Doclector:
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I seriously hope that's a satirical post.

OT: Nothing, really. The strangest thing is that I've got something like a lump of bone or something that sticks a bit more outward than the rest of my chest. It's still under my skin, and you can't see it, but when people ever touch it they freak the fuck out.

i have this cool scar on my right eyebrow, which makes it look like i shave that bit on purpose, just to look cool

I have the word CHOBIT scarred into the inside of my right calf.
I was severely abused as a kid and one of the signs of the damage is the left side of my ribcage had been colapsed in and healed weird.
I can pop the front of the ribs in and out of place and squeeze my rib cage into colapsing and it snaps right back if i let go
Its really weird.

Several scars on my left wrist (NO, NOT FROM SELF HARM!)

Cat scratches actually...

I have extremely varying hair colour, from bright brown in winter to almost white in summer, so light actually that people often "accused" me of dyeing them.

Super-sensitive skin and eyes. No matter how much time I spend outside, I can never get really used to sunlight, and as much as I'd like to actually be out in the sun, I can barely spend an hour outside any shade. On the plus side, my eyesa appear to be fast enough to see the flickering of a PWM-dimmed LED, like those in newer car backlights. Admittedly, it's not 100% positive, because this flickering is extremely annoying while driving. I wonder why they didn't just put weaker LEDs in those lights.

Also, a hyperactive liver, apparently. It's really difficult for me to get extremely drunk. I'd have to drink a bottle of whiskey in less than an hour to even approach what people would call "totally drunk".

Loads, i could show a any picture of myself and immediately be recognized from it. The years have been not much kinder than genetics.

I've two birthmarks, one on each side of my waist. One is much lighter than my skin and the other is much darker.

I'm gonna go with the obvious answer and say: All of them.

Well I have a burn mark near my right thumb but that pretty much had fade away (you can barely see it) and the small scar on my left eyebrow (got hit by a rounders bat) is cover by my eyebrow anyway.
Well there are also my alter toenails which are the result of my ingrowing toenails being fiexd many years ago although I don't exactly take pride in my toenails (they aren't mess up but I do sometime wonder what they would look like if I never had that problem in the first place).

In no way unique... Because... That is impossible, but it is rare... I have complete heterochromia. And for the people who are too lazy to wikipedia it (That's right! I am using it as a verb. Deal with it! :P), it is a disorder which alters the pigment in your eyes. So you have 2 eye colours. Like those white cats! :P

I have a 4 inch scar on my right light and the outside of my calf where I have a huge birth mark. It was about 2 inches in diameter and the doctors were afraid it would become cancerous so they pulled the skin over it. I believe the scar was supposed to go away but it's been a long time and it's still there.

I also have multiple scars on my face from injuries; Running into a locking mechanism on the fence of a chain-link door when the person I was chasing slammed it shut, falling off a bunk-bed and hitting my head on the metal frame of the bottom bunk, and some other things I can't remember.

I'm born with heterochromia a quite rare genetic defect that causes melanin/eye color/ to not set on both eyes so i got 2 right is green with a small tint of blue and left is all blue.
In that way you can always find out if i'm me

NightmareLuna:
In no way unique... Because... That is impossible, but it is rare... I have complete heterochromia. And for the people who are too lazy to wikipedia it (That's right! I am using it as a verb. Deal with it! :P), it is a disorder which alters the pigment in your eyes. So you have 2 eye colours. Like those white cats! :P

You a fellow heterochromia hit person? *brofist*
I personally love it it makes one so different and noticeable :P

I have this birth mark in the shape of a bear paw on my arm, which is quite cool as my name (diretly translated) has the word bear in it.

In terms of stuff that's visible to anyone and everyone, I suppose it would have to be my hair. I have the same bright blond hair that I've had since I was born. It tends to be something girls ask me about, no one can ever quite believe I don't dye it but it's completely natural!

I have a scar that I guess is more of a scald mark on my right shoulder just reaching towards my armpit,, apparently being a baby and ramming your stroller into my mom while she had a pot of boiling water in her hands was a terrible idea.

I also have a scar on my inner thigh that I got when I was about 8 or 9. Let's just say it got very close to the gentlemans region.

I have a birthmark on my left iris, so the top third is a super dark brown while the rest of my eye is the normal muddy green-brown color. I've also got another birthmark on my inside forearm, but that doesn't show up unless I start to get a tan, but that doesn't really happen much these days.

I have... red hair?

Dye it black though so yeah.

The only thing I have is a "Port Wine Stain" birthmark that runs from my left eye down to my upper lip about 4 inches wide. Thats all I have.

Vault101:

crudus:
I am told I have pretty eyes. One guy told me I have "very honest eyes". I responded with "that's how you know I am a good liar". I also have a scar in the shape of Nike's/Victoria's wing on my left wrist. That is right; I have a symbol of victory on my wrist.

Vault101:
unique?...well no one is truly unique

That is quite arguable. Then again it depends on how detailed you want to get, but that is true for any comparison.

well techicnally we are unique because in a hypothetical situation if a "different" sperm hit that egg then it wouldnt be "me" would it?..or would it?

my point is there is always somone like us...thats not a bad thing, almost comforting

That and it's unlikely anyone else that has ever lived has had the particular neural network that makes you who you are.

I have a scar halfway between my upper lip and nose, but it's not really easy to notice, just a short white line so nothing special. Most of my scars are hidden by my hair since my worst injuries have been head injuries, my lip got a serious damage once, but that can only be seen from the inside.
All in all I'm not that special.

A South African accent? Dous thet count? Also being 188cm. I don't really have any unusual features even though I have had my leg, collar, 2 toes and cheekbone broken and my skull cracked from ear to ear and being burned by droplets of molten lead I only have one newfangled toe and that isn't really seen. It is not fair, I am so unlucky :(

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