On Saturday morning I dyed my hair pink. Well, not all my hair, just a streak, one that can play peek-a-boo with my regular hair.
Despite the sheer horror on some of my friends’ faces and one person’s declaration that I’m much too old for such silliness, I actually think it looks pretty bad-ass and fun.
Plus, it’s just hair.
For the week leading up to the appointment I had some reservations. What if it really did look silly? What if a dip in the pool turned my hair a sick shade of green? What if…
It’s just hair. That’s what I kept telling myself every time my stomach would knot up. It’s not permanent. A bad hair cut can always be fixed, and if it really can’t, then it’s just a matter of time before it fades into lore. (Unless the only fix to the bad haircut is another cut, which leaves you with a style so short people think you’re trying to emulate your father’s hairstyle and then you go to your sister’s wedding and that hair disaster is immortalized in all her wedding photos… but really, that’s a whole other story.)
So many of the things that we agonize over are almost as impermanent as a haircut. How much angst would we save ourselves if we just reminded ourselves constantly that whatever we’re facing is not a forever thing?
That job you’re worried about taking? If it doesn’t work out, you can leave it.
That house you want so badly? If it doesn’t work out, there will be other homes, if it does, it’s still not a forever thing.
Other than death, there’s really not a whole lot that will last forever, that can’t be changed, rescued, survived.
Today, my hair is pink. Tomorrow it’ll probably still be pink, but less so, until the vibrant color fades out completely. In a couple years I’m sure the kids will still think fondly back on the time mommy’s hair was so different. And maybe I’ll be able to use the story of the pink hair to show them that nothing lasts forever, and you always have more control over your life than you may think.
In the meantime? I’m totally enjoying my bad-ass hair. ‘Cause that’s the kind of girl I am.
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