The past few months I have been reading a lot of material pertaining to photography. One thing I have noticed is ALL of them say, find yourself and embrace it… the first time I read it, I thought ya ok, here I am, so what?
The second time I read it, in a different book, I thought again? Yes still here! The third time I heard it in a podcast, it hit me… it was like a V8 moment, palm slap to the forehead! Ok, so who exactly am I and what makes me well me? I stood in front of the mirror looking and being a visual person my eye wandered to the little stray hair that always sticks up. “hmmppfff, stupid curly hair!” I thought.
As I reached up to “fix it” and make it sit down (I totally know it will pop right back up in two minutes) it hits me. Part of me is my stupid curly hair, I was not blessed with straight hair, but a full head of super fine curls. Which was cute when I was a baby… but I’m now 46 years young and straight hair is “in.” What does my complaining about my hair have to do with anything? Well, it doesn’t solve world peace or hunger, but it does have a part in embracing myself and learning to love what’s unique to me. Which in turn helps me develop my style artistically.
So the next morning I got brave, after my shower… I let the curls run wild! The popped up all over and boy they were NOT pretty! Just like rebellious teenagers! EEEkkkkk!!!! On went my hat and off to town I went, in search of curly hair products. God I hope nobody I know sees me… I thought. Which of course everyone I knew happened to be in town in the same store as I was, or it felt like it.
Day 2… let’s hope this goes better. The shampoo and conditioner was nice… but let’s see what happens with the frankencurls today, or will it be afrohead again? It was much better and after a few days I learned to work with my curls and not fight them. Life is much easier, instead of an hour straightening something not meant to be straight daily, I have more time in the morning for coffee and breakfast.
So my hair is curly… and the current style is straight. But guess what… I have been happier since embracing the curls that are me and I have learned something else too. Be what you are meant to be, not you think you ‘should’ be… here is my curly hair…
Happy Friday World!