What Melanie didn’t know was that, due to a lifelong condition of facial paralysis, I physically couldn’t smile.

When You Literally Cannot Smile

I like the idea that a smile can stand in for polite or genuine words that are omitted, due to language barriers. Yet, I literally cannot smile.

photo courtesy of the lovely Whitney herself.

Stop Telling Whitney Way Thore To Smile: Reasons We Need Feminism #7937

If you're having a shit day and you don't feel like smiling, DO NOT. I don't care who tells you to smile — if you don't feel like smiling, you don't have to.