Why I Cut My Hair

Dear Summer, 

    A couple weeks ago, I got my hair cut. If I had it my way, my head would be shaved. My mom decided to interfere and say no, ha! I got 9 inches cut off my hair, and let me tell you--it was so worth it! My hair likes to grow really fast, and I normally like to keep it long. I've only had short hair when I was in elementary school, and I have maintained it long since then. Although, it wasn't until quarantine started that I really wanted to chop my hair short really badly. I started watching different videos on youtube of people getting major haircuts, and I thought that it was just what I needed to mark a new season in my life. 

    The end of 2019 and the start of 2020 was such a crazy busy season. I was a leader on my school’s worship team, I had my school’s musical to prepare for, a dance recital, a dance company showcase, and school to juggle. I was absolutely overwhelmed. So, on Friday the 13th when school was postponed you can believe that I went to bed that night at 9:00pm to wake up the next morning at 11:00am. I woke up that morning without the awful recurring headache I had, which made it the best sleep in a really long time. I actually could sleep that night without worrying about any of these big events that were happening in the future. So far, this new season has been slow and peaceful (in my personal life) because I have free time to try new things and get a break from normal life. When many people are dependent on you and look up to you, the pressure is heavy. I felt like I had to put on a mask of energy so that I could keep up with life and not mess up. Needless to say, a lot of the pressure that I felt before quarantine has been lifted off of my shoulders. I realize now that I held myself up to an unrealistic expectation that I could never achieve because the goal was perfectionism. So along with letting go of 9 inches of hair, I decided to let go of perfectionism and unrealistic expectations. Don't get me wrong, I will always revert back to my old ways because I am not perfect (the irony!), but it's nice to take a step forward to a more relaxed and freeing lifestyle.

    I donated my hair to Wigs 4 Kids Of Michigan. My hair stays pretty healthy, so I figured that I would waste an awesome opportunity to help someone if I didn't donate my hair. I am so thankful that God has blessed me with the ability to grow my hair long and strong my whole life. With that in mind, it made me sad to think that a young girl who might want hair like mine, will never be able to experience the memories that I cherished from my childhood. Like the constant tangles, leading to my mom trying to get them out by yanking a brush through my hair, or my friends braiding each other's hair at a sleepover. I highly recommend donating your hair if you decide to cut it! Shipping and handling is the only cost for donating, and your hair could positively impact a child by helping to give them some confidence back. I encourage you to read the inspiring testimonials of the children that have gone through the program at Wigs 4 Kids Of Michigan, because they are so eye opening. Lastly, I challenge you today to take it easy and look out for yourself, have a good day!

Love,

aubs <3

Dear Summer, Be Kind




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