Growing up, I always hated having freckles. My noticeable spotting paired with my long, wild auburn hair made me stick out like a sore thumb in a sea of tan California blondes. As a young teen, I was constantly trying to cover up the freckles on my face by loading on piles upon piles of makeup. Instead of looking like a fresh-faced teenager, I looked like a baby prostitute (not a good look. Please burn any photos you have of me during this period). In High School, my friends and I would usually go to the beach to relax after school. They would all be laid out in bikinis while I sat Indian style in the sand, clad in all black everything, covering as much skin as possible.
Eventually I got sick and tired of spending so much time wishing away something that was a part of me. I decided that I was going to accept all the unique attributes I was given (freckles, auburn hair, pale skin, a small nose, very small feet, a round face, huge eyes, etc) and learn to love these things that I thought I hated. A huge part of being happy is being able to accept reality instead of rejecting it and wishing for something different. Obviously I have my days (like everyone else) where I don't feel %100 wonderfully about myself (it's really all about attitude), but for the most part I feel special in my own skin, freckles and all.
A few favorite freckled things. (Anne Of Green Gables, duh.)