Can I share a secret?
I broke out my boots.
Yep. It’s September and I’m not keeping them hidden in the closet any longer. The sweaters may have to wait a few more weeks (I do live in in Virginia Beach after all, it’s a little warm for this northern girl). And while I do drink tea all summer long (at least one cup in the morning and another when I get to work), fall brings on a whole other realm of tea-drinking for me. It becomes my constant companion. And I daydream about the lovely flavors of tea I can indulge in this fall.
And, I’m even contemplating a haircut.
I haven’t really gotten my hair cut since my 19th birthday when I chopped off somewhere around 10 inches and donated it to Wigs for Kids. In the 8 years since then I’ve had 3 or 4 trims. A big part of me is just saying “It’s time.” Time for the cut, time for the change, time for the relief from the tangled mess of curls that falls to my waist.
Do I like having long hair? Yes. Do I like the daily upkeep and time required to maintain it? Not at all.
Even Husband is in favor of a cut. He didn’t used to be, but he tires of me wearing it up all the time–pony tails, buns, braids–it’s rarely ever down. And what’s the point if I don’t wear it down? Plus, it takes so long to wash. So. Long.
Another part of me is a little afraid to get it cut. A part of me tells me that my long hair is a statement. A part of my identity. It sets me apart as unique. If I cut it short, I’ll be just like everyone else.
That’s when it really hit me. Identity. Is my identity really in my hair? Because hair is just hair and there are far more crucial aspects of my identity. For instance, I am a child of the King. And that is really all the identity I need.
I think shorter hair will free up my time and decrease my level of frustration every morning. It will likely even cut down on the number of headaches that I get so often. And honestly, all of that will help me be a less stressed wife, friend, employee etc. Is that worth giving up the (false) identity of long hair? Methinks so.
Boots, tea and a new look for fall? Sounds fun =).