Hey there, Greg
I think that this post will come across as lame, or unoriginal, but I just wanted to thank you. You really inspire me to deal with stuff that make me unhappy, instead of hiding away and drowning in self-pity.
I was diagnosed with hypodontia, which is developmental absence of one or more teeth. It became evident when I was pretty young, when few of my permanent teeth didn't grow out, even years after primary teeth have fallen out. It is very noticeable, considering that those are the one on the front of my upper jaw.
I don't know if this is the case just in my country, but you cannot get dental implants until you are 18 years old, because your jaw is still developing throughout puberty . Because of my looks I was bullied all throughout middle school and high school. Everyone asked me about my teeth and "what happened to them" , even complete strangers. I was given a lot of nicknames, from Frankenstein to Toothless (from HTTYD, who btw is the cutest dragon). It seems that a lot of people were suspicious in my dental hygiene, and they didn't hesistate to tell me that. One time, when I was at the dentist , a lady , who was sitting beside me, told her daughter to wash her teeth regularly, or that she will end up toothless and ugly like me.
Long story short, by the time I started highschool I was very depressed about how I looked, I refused to smile without having a hand over my lips, I would practice hours and hours to speak in the way that will show my big tooth gap the least. I was really anxious when I spoke to group of people, or anyone in general, because I would instantly be reminded of many instances when people mockingly brought up my teeth into the conversation. I became obsessed about what other people thought of me, and things got progressively worse when romances in my life weren't working out.
In my worst despair, when I found out that I could not get dental implants even after my 18. birthday , I even considered self-harming and suicide. But, that's when I have found your channel. Your videos woke me up from my self-pitying, and I realised that I was so focused on what I didn't have that I was so ungrateful for everything else that I had in my life (great parents, good friends, a safe household etc). I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, because without you and Kai I would still be lost. You taught me how to deal with hardships and get through hard times, so you and Kai will always have a special place in my heart. I want both of you to know that you are the cause of someone's happiness and growth. There's so much to add to this story, but I don't want this post to be too long.
You don't even have to respond , I know I'm being a bit pathetic, but I just hope that you will get to read this, along with Kai.
Lots of love,
P.S. English is my second language, so I hope that this post wasn't full of grammatical and other mistakes. Anyway, I'm sorry about that :)