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I feel that I'm not good enough as my sister is fair, while my skin tone is one or two shades darker. How do I handle this?

Question: I'm writing to you since something has been bothering me for sometime now. I generally feel that I'm not good enough as my sister is fair, good looking and I'm two shades darker. I'm usually perceived as the smart one, but whenever I go out with family, she gets all the attention, since she is the 'good looking' one. I know what I want to do in life, but I don't seem to get the kind of attention that my sister gets. How do I handle this? Teentalker , 15-year-old

Dear Teentalker, 

Thank you for reaching out and sharing your concerns. Sibling comparison is unfortunately very common in the society, we live in, but it still can hurt a great deal, particularly when comparisons are made on the basis of appearance. 

Remember that in life, each one of us is gifted with different talents and qualities and it is upto each one of us to make the most of what we have. It's important to focus on those things in life we have control over, rather than focusing on things which we cannot control. 

You are gifted with being academically smart, so focus on working towa.....

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