I made a pretty dramatic change this week!
I cut off most of my hair and I changed the colour!
It is a big change for me, and we all know that change is scary right?
The thing is, I have been talking about cutting my hair for the last 2 years. Every time I would go to the hairdressers, I would say to the family “This time. This time I am going to do it!” And every time I would come home with it exactly the same. And they would all just smile at me.
Now there is nothing wrong with keeping my hair the way it was. I actually liked it long and blonde, I have had it that way for the last 12 years and I was quite happy with it.
But I wanted to be brave. I wanted to see what it would be like to look a little different than I have for the past 12 years. I wanted to see what it would take for me to make that change, and the catalyst was a comment someone made the morning of my appointment.
They said “You won’t, cause you can’t make decisions!”
I cant make a decision! Hadn’t I made the decision to not cut my hair for the last 2 years! That’s a decision right? To not change? Surely that’s a decision?
Or is that just being a chicken?
Am I a big fat chicken who cant make decisions?
I don’t want to live my life as a chicken. I want to be brave. I want to be courageous and for people to look at my life, and say “Yep, she is one girl who went for it! She took risks, she loved adventure, and she was brave!”
Now I know we are just talking about a haircut here! Really, the world is no different because I cut my hair, but you know what? I am!
I am different because I made that decision. I threw off all fear. I threw off my fear of what people would think, what people would say, whether they would hate it or not, whether I would get those polite “Ohhh, you have cut your hair” statements which we all know really means “I liked it the way it was.”
I put up a before and after photo on social media. It took me until the next day to get up the courage to post the picture. It’s not that I wanted validation from the world (although to be honest some of the comments made me cry happy tears!) but I wanted to show people that its ok to be brave. Its ok to make a change. Its ok to be bold. Its ok to take a risk. Its ok to get out of your comfort zone. We can do scary things and live to tell the tale.
Am I happy with my hair? Actually I am, but more than that, I am super proud of myself for being so brave!
So what could being brave look like for you this week?