Well … I did it. After decades of long hair, and the battle cry, “I’ll die first” (a little dramatic, granted) whenever anyone asked me about the subject …
I cut my hair.
Eleven and a half inches.
With a few snips, my old life fell away and the new me looked back from the mirror. A little dizzy with adrenaline and slightly breathless. Maybe I over-react about things … but this wasn’t a simple or straightforward thing. It was an outward sign of an inward (and ongoing) metamorphosis. The last thing that had this big a change on my life was getting Lasik surgery. After a lifetime of being chained to glasses … with recorded vision of 20/400 … chained was how I felt. 20/400, by the way, uncorrected is considered legally blind.
So getting surgery was akin to being liberated from a tight and restricting cocoon. Life was divided into WG and AL … with glasses and after Lasik. There was such liberation and freedom, I felt the whole world must have felt the emotional impact it had on me. Lots of people are happy with glasses, and I wore them for almost 40 years. They were a huge part of my identity. I was the girl with long hair and glasses.
Bye Bye glasses. And I felt a subtle shift in myself.
Many years (decades) later, bye bye hair. And another subtle shift … where will this one lead?
The hair by the way, was shipped off to “Locks of Love”. Who will it help? I’ll never know, but that’s the way of change. Like ripples in water, you never know what shores the expanding ripples will touch.