I remember first noticing my difference from others when my family was presented with an oil painting of me. It was a gift from my grandmother’s friend who was a painter just like her. It was framed beautifully and was placed on the wall of the living room. At 4 yrs old I noticed the girl who looked like me didn’t have my eyes though. I asked my parents and they just let me know that the painter made my eyes look normal. The painting became the other me the one I was supposed to look like but I didn’t. My mother than became obsessed with curing my left eye of Heterochromia. She was convinced that if she could just find the right diet for me as a child; it would go away. She would routinely examine my eye and was happy when she thought it was fading in color. It never did it just stayed the same but she felt the need to fix me and see results. In school other kids were scared of me they didn’t want to look in my eyes or sometimes sit by me. I always wished there was another person like me; but I never did meet anyone like me. Not until the internet and Facebook came into being. Then it became a sense of relief that there were others. I even found lists of celebrities and historical figures that had it. I was not alone. I often look at the pictures and stories of others like me and cry. They seem like a family of people who don’t know each other but are connected. Another race of mankind who have had to feel what it is like to not be apart of mankind. But, feel empathy for themselves and for the people who will never accept them as normal. I even dreamed that we were called the Jaguar people and were sent here to save mankind from themselves. That we can see and feel things that they have long forgotten. So here’s to hoping that one day when you look at our eyes we can teach you how to see how we see. That the whole universe is a diverse garden and all are welcome.
“I think my eyes are the only thing I love about my body”
“Blessed are those who see beauty in imperfection, for you teach the world to see through different eyes”
Back when I was young people would ask me why my eyes were the way they are.
I just responded that I had two souls, or that I had eaten my twin when I was in the womb, or that on my planet this was very normal.
Blessed are those who see beauty in imperfection, for you teach the world to see through different eyes. -Jamiro Oort 2017
“she died in my arms and now she is on my shoulder for ever. Now I have 4 eyes with 2 colours: on the front and on my back.”
When I was 12 my parents wanted a new dog. I know they are watching some dogs and they told me they found a ‘bitch’.
A few weeks later I was at home waiting on my parents. The “bitch” was coming that day!
I was so excited.
The first time is saw her it was… well. I can say love at first sight. She had the same eyes as mine. Not only the exact same colours but also on the right sides ❤
The dog became more like a sister for me we did everything together so when I was 22 and I had a home for myself ofcourse she moved with me. She did not accept my new boyfriend. She was the one lying next to me in bed nobody came in-between.
After all she had a beautiful live, she died in my arms and now she is on my shoulder for ever. Now I have 4 eyes with 2 colours on the front an on my back.
Having heterochromia was never a problem for me. Everybody loves my eyes! Well I can say I have a beautiful mistake by nature i’ m unique and I love it.
I was born with many talents and developed a sixth sense, just to help people around me, but I never had the feeling of “being special”.
I had an en-caul birth, born inside the entire amniotic sac. The nuns in the hospital called me ‘the gifted child of God “.I was born with many talents and developed a sixth sense, just to help people around me. but I never had the feeling “being special”.
“Everything what is different, is an occasion for bullying on this age. This brought me a lot of insecurities.”
As a newborn baby it quickly became clear that something was off with my eyes. Congenital cataract. After a few months the lens was removed from my left eye. Because of this condition, my eye didn’t grow any further and it turned from blue to green. As a teenager I struggled a lot with the difference in my eyes. Everything what is different, is an occasion for bullying on this age. This brought me a lot of insecurities. Now, after almost 10 years, I got the chance for this project. For people with different eye colors, my bullies didn’t get this opportunity. I am happy to grab this chance to make something beautiful out of my specialness. Nowadays I work as a teacher on an elementary school. Occasionally, the children notice my eyes and comment on that. Not always tactical, but very funny. One time, an 8 year old boy was very angry. I tried to calm him down by talking to him. He looked at me with his angry eyes and and suddenly his looked changed and he said: WOW TEACHER, your eyes are really cool. His anger disappeared. That was convenient! Piece by piece I accept my special eyes and I see it as something unique. This experience helps with this and I am grateful for that.
“My childhood was hard. And lonely. So I created my own world with heroes, dragons etc and I find my passion for theater. Thanks to that, I learnt to accept myself and to see an advantage to have a difference.”
One day, i open my eyes. One week after, one of the blue eyes i had turned to a dark brown. It surprised my family which love them immediately. It wasn’t a surprise for me. Everyday in the mirror, i saw a girl with different eyes. It were normal for me. But when i started school… I saw that no one have the same eyes like mine. Children didn’t understand and taught that i was a monster or an alien. A lot of children of my age didn’t want to play with me. But others give me a chance. Years after years, I’m feeling alone even if i had few friends. I was convinced that i was adopt, or an alien, or a Nature’s mistake. My childhood was hard. And lonely. So I created my own world with heroes, dragons etc and i find my passion for theater. I follow my passion in a theater school now to become actress. Thanks to that, i learnt to accept myself and to see an advantage to have a difference. I was not afraid of others and assume my difference. Since that point, people comes to me, around my 18 years. And opinions have change. People start to tell me that it is wonderful and beautiful. But i’m feeling alone because in my little town in the north of France, I was the only one with hétérochromia. I thought that I was like Clark Kent, arrived in a meteorite rain, on a ship ! And facebook gives me breath. I found a lot of groups with a LOOOOT of people around the world like me ! I was not alone any more. I was so happy… That day and today that you read my article.
My history isn’t spectacular or uncommon. I know that everywhere on earth, there are a lot of heterochromians or people with differences who are afraid and convinced like i was that they are monsters or mistakes.
No ! You aren’t ! It is a Nature’s gifs to you. You are beautiful and you are not like all the others. you are you. be proud of it.
And more important : You are not alone.
We are all here, like you : different and proud.
“he is eleven and very down on himself for his “condition” … instead of feeling unique as he is, he feels different and gets picked on for that !”
My son – Trey posted the picture above can submit other photos just chose one of him closest up – filter doesn’t have an effect on his eye color -that’s his eyes … he is eleven and very down on himself for his “condition” … instead of feeling unique as he is, he feels different and gets picked on for that !
“I want her to be proud that she is different and unique as she grows”
This is for my daughter. She was born with complete heterochromia. When I first found out she had different coloured eyes I worried about what color eye shadows she could wear. Now that she’s 3, there are no fears. I encourage her to embrace it and love it. She knows they’re different and tells people. I want her to be proud that she is different and unique as she grows. Her older sister is proud to show off her baby sister, saying she is a gift.