Making the Cut
Coco Chanel once said, “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.”
I don’t know about you, but I almost always get my hair cut because I need to – it is starting to look messy, my ends are starting to split, or it’s just that time again. Every now and then I get a haircut because I want to – I want a change, something new. There was that one wild time I agreed to let a professional do whatever he wanted to my hair, on the basis I didn’t pay a penny. The result? A short, black bob that left me hyperventilating for a wee while. For the most part however, a haircut is something I get without giving too much thought to. Because of this, and because of the significant timing when I came across it, this quote made me stop and think.
This is what I looked like earlier today when I finally, after a long period of deliberation, stepped into a salon to get this mane of mine seen to. I have been considering making the cut for a not insignificant amount of time, but I or someone else always ends up talking myself out of it. I know I’m not the only one who has waged this internal battle; to chop or not? But why is this a thing? Why do we place so much on the importance on getting rid of something with no real value and something we know for a fact will grow back? It shouldn’t be a big deal, and yet it is. Indeed, after making the chop today, I was filled with an instant sense of anxiety, thinking “have I made a huge mistake?!” and sat for a full minute pretty much like this:
It wasn’t long though before the newness became less something that scared me, and more something that excited me. There isn’t much we can instantly change about our appearance without it being pretty drastic; hair is one of the things we can afford to play around with. Even though it may not seem like much, there is something so refreshing and encouraging about undergoing change like this. After having such long hair for such a long time, little things like noticing the difference in weight and catching sight of my reflection as I walked by a shop window today gave me a tiny burst of excitement.
This quite is about embracing change, and the courage a little change like a haircut gives you to make a much bigger one. The feeling you have when you walk out of a salon is a beautiful, enabling thing. I have recently taken the bold – arguably irresponsible – move of quitting a job that made me miserable. I was really torn about the decision; a job, even one you don’t enjoy, is something to be grateful for, and more than a lot of people have. At the end of the day though, I just thought for goodness sake, I am in my 20s, the prime of my life and living in one of the world’s greatest cities for a finite length of time; I am not here to spend the majority of my waking life doing something that has such a negative impact on the rest of my time here. I quit and had that same scared yet excited feeling that always comes with change. Tomorrow is my first day on a new job, and I am filled with nothing but positivity. Sometimes you just read something that resonates with where you and your life is at right now, and I wanted to share this moment and feeling with you. in life at the moment and for me, this did that. Although making the cut and making a change can be scary, it means something new and exciting is on its way. Onwards and upwards from here!