At Living Dappled, we’re all about the everyday lives of girls with vitiligo. And that’s where our manifesto – and our New Year’s resolution – comes in.
Our manifesto is our foundation, our heart and our hope for girls with vitiligo. It’s who we are and who we want to be, both for ourselves and for each other. It’s “living dappled” at its finest, and it all starts with owning your spots.
Owning your spots is about embracing the fact that you have a skin condition. Saying the words out loud. Writing them down. Sharing your story with other girls with vitiligo. Using the hashtag #vitiligo on your Instagram posts. Talking about your emotions and letting the people in your life know how you feel.
Owning your spots is about actively working towards a better life with vitiligo. Starting a happiness journal to build a habit of gratitude in your life. Recognizing negative thoughts in your head and replacing them with positive ones. Finding a wardrobe that works for you and helps you feel confident.
Owning your spots is about pushing yourself to grow. Trying on shorts. Wearing a dress on a hot day. Posting a Facebook photo that shows your skin. Stepping onto the beach in a bikini. Pursuing the job or hobby you’ve always wanted but were too scared to try because of your skin. Finding the strength to smile when people stare.
Owning your spots is about asking for help when you need it. Realizing that there is a vitiligo community ready to love you. Reaching out to other girls with vitiligo. Getting involved in local vitiligo support groups.
One day, owning your spots just might lead you to loving your life with them – and that’s what “living dappled” is all about.
Will you make “living dappled” your New Year’s resolution?
Erika Page is a writer and blogger with universal vitiligo. Her first spots appeared on her spine when she was seven years old and today vitiligo covers her entire body. Based just south of Washington, D.C., Erika founded Living Dappled to create a community of inspiration and hope for girls and women living with vitiligo.