This may not seem like a very big deal, and really it’s not, but I got my hair cut over the weekend. What makes this worth writing about is what happened afterwards!
You see, I’ve been growing my hair out for about 4 years and finally decided it was time to say goodbye to the heavy curtain that pulled me down and made me look a little bit depressed and far too young. It’s strange, but it took all summer for me to finally feel ready to part with it even though it really didn’t do anything for me.
Anyway, the important part is the after part! Now that I have a ponytail that’s not attached to my noggin, I’ll be mailing it to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program to be made into a wig for a woman who has lost her own hair from cancer treatments. I haven’t known anyone while they were going through chemo, but cancer has touched my grandmother, dad, friends, and co-workers in various ways and to various degrees. I can only imagine what it’s like to involuntarily surrender ones hair to the treatment and how alienating that must feel sometimes. I think about the people in my life and the stories I read online or in magazines of courage and strength and I think about how hard it must be to have to be strong. To have to put one foot in front of the other, no matter how uncertain the path. And then I think, if something so small to me could make life a little more “normal” or a tiny bit more bearable for someone, then I should give it freely and openly.
And so I do. I chopped it all off with the hope that my heavy burden might help another feel lighter and free to be herself again. I share this, not for recognition or praise, but to encourage you to do the same if you are able. Give what you can to make this world a little happier, a little less dark, and little more free. Sow seeds of love and peace – our world needs all the good we have to give.