Hair is one of the most common tools of self-expression. It can be dyed, cut, shaved completely, or grown long. It can be curled or straightened, made into an afro or spiked. Often we take hair for granted unless we, or someone we know, begins to lose their hair due to an outside circumstance like cancer. Yet it is right there, one simple tool by which we create self-expression. Over the weekend I went and got a haircut. It was to the length that normally I would donate it but, as I plan to get married this year, I wanted to keep it long. So I had about three inches cut off and had it trimmed in layers to frame my face. Over the last few months I have been daydreaming of dying it, putting in some red lowlights. I mentioned this to the hairdresser while I was there and I got the typical response. "But your hair is so perfect! People try so hard to get all these shades of blonde to get this perfect wheat color!" It's true that I enjoy my hair color and so I found myself torn. Hair is a great tool for self-expression and at the same time I truly believe we are made in our own perfection and don't "need" to change anything. But both can be true. I'm grateful for my beautiful "wheat-colored" hair. I'm grateful for it's strength and shine from taking care of it. I'm grateful that it is straight and easily manageable and also grateful for curling irons that can add some body on special occasions. I'm grateful for simple haircuts that allow me to keep it healthy. And I'm grateful to know that just because it is perfect as it is does not mean I cannot enjoy self-expression through my hair. How often do you change your hair style? Do you see your hair or lack of hair as an expression of yourself? May your day be creatively inspired. May you embrace the self-expression you choose. Have a beautiful day!
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.