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NSV at the DMV (Photos)

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

I can't tell you how much I dreaded showing my license - ever - to anyone. The checkout lady at Trader Joes, to verify employment, to prove residency, every time I had to take that thin piece of plastic out of my wallet I cringed. 8 years of this hatred for my Driver's License picture. We all can take bad pictures, but this one was bad with a capital "B"! First, I didn't realize I was getting my photo taken, the person ahead of me just got a reprint of their last photo, which is what I was secretly hoping for, as I had gained over 100 lbs. since my last DL picture. But no, that camera silently snapped just as I realized (too late) what was happening. I had a bit of a hair mishap, too (it was a windy day) and I was generally not a happy person, living larger than I should be and showing it on the outside.

And as I lost weight, it would cause confusion. The guy carding me to get into a bar would do a double-take, was that really me? The cashier at Trader Joe's once gave me a side glance and said "You go, girl." See, I wasn't the person in that photo. Not anymore.

Since I'm a good driver, I usually renew over the phone, so I have lived with this bad picture for 8 long years. But since I needed to take the vision exam again (they only give you so many free passes), I had to physically go in and get my new license, and get a new photo.

I was so excited for this change to "redo" my terrible license picture. Not only because this time I would be prepared and smile at that tiny blue light, but because I was thinner by 105 lbs., too. BONUS!

Here is my comparison of the old to new. I feel 10 years YOUNGER, not older, and I feel like I've been given a new chance, at the DMV...and in life.

I also updated my weight on my license to be my goal weight - 178. I'm not there yet, but I will be. (And the weight on my old DL I never updated with my weight gain, so it always read 180. A white lie at the time that is slowly coming true.)

EDITED: I want to add and make it clear that I EMBRACE who I was. I truly do. You can read my blog "Pictures on the Shelf" below if you would like to read more about that.


But this is a HUGE NSV for me and I am going to celebrate it. Embracing a terrible picture of yourself on your Driver's License (how many of us dislike these photos) is not the same as embracing who you WERE. Now I have a little slice of this new life in my wallet and I like it, and I AM going to celebrate it. I deserve to. Too much of my life has been spent looking backwards at my past, and not living in the CURRENT. Now my Driver's License has caught up to who I AM and I will not just let that go by without tooting my own horn. Sometimes we need to be our own cheerleaders - that's my secret to getting through the hard times.

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And it is nice not to erase, but to re-write history.

(To see a larger image I also uploaded this picture to my Spark page).
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    Wow, what a great day for YOU! What a huge feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction you must feel!

    You indisputedly look 10 years younger in the new photo -- and 105 pounds HAPPIER!!!!

    Thanks for the blog; you made my day.
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    woohoo!!!! Great new photo, but more importantly it's wonderful that you've taken control of your life and your self esteem and self worth. Now you have the license that truly reflects that person. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2124 days ago
    You ROCK girl! Love the new picture - 105ls down is absolutely awesome. I think that's the best DL photo I've seen.
    2124 days ago
    Nice! I'm looking forward to getting a new pic on my license as well, but I really don't mind the old one. It's a reminder to me of where I was and how far I've come. I DO NOT want to forget how heavy I was or how easy it was to just let things slide until that point. I get amused a bit when people ask for it, sometimes they do a double take, other times it's obvious they didn't actually LOOK at it since I look very little like that any more.
    2124 days ago
    Oh my gosh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Look at you!!!! You look like a completely different person. I am so proud of you!!!! You are gorgeous!!! This is such an exciting milestone for you!!! goodbye 8 years with a picture you didn't like and hello to a picture that you see your own beauty! You are amazing!
    2124 days ago
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