Okay, I know the title is silly, but I’m serious! A bad haircut can definitely help you become a better person, bear with me here.
I’ve been cutting my own hair for months now. It’s super easy, I just throw it up into a ponytail on top of my head and lob it off. It comes off as messy in a fashionable way, just texturized enough to work. I’ve always gotten compliments on it, no one ever realizes I do it myself.
Until earlier this week.
I did exactly the same thing as usual, except when I undid my hair from its ponytail as I finished…well. Yikes.
Needless to say, it did NOT work out this time.
At first, I was dumbfounded. I didn’t recognize the person staring back at me (okay, exaggeration). But then came the frenzied panic.
Somehow I managed to resist cutting more and more in an attempt to fix it, and honestly, I’m not sure why that was my first reaction. I’m just glad I didn’t go that road. DO NOT go that road if you ever get stuck in the same position! Put those scissors down!
I went and sat down, trying to forget the fact that I now looked like one of those crazy troll dolls, and made myself calm down instead of bursting into tears. It actually wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be.
You know why?
Because even though cutting my own hair is something that I’m good at, something that I have experience in, and something I actually enjoy… sometimes things just don’t work out. There’s no specific rhyme or reason, there’s nothing I did differently or that could have prevented my hair disaster.
And you know what else?
That’s fine. Things like this make life interesting and it’s what puts everything in perspective. It’ll be a silly story to tell in the future, something funny to laugh about when my child gives him or herself a terrible haircut in the future. (You know we’ve all been there!)
Part of my New Year’s resolution at the beginning of the year was to be more like a boat, taking the waves of life as they came, and this was a perfect time to put that to the test. Hair, for a lot of women – myself included, is kind of a big deal. And my hair came out looking like a literal fight with a lawn mower. Seriously, it’s that bad.
But, hair grows back, after all. Time always keeps chugging on forward, and it has a habit of fixing most mistakes. In a few weeks, I’ll probably have forgotten my hair disaster, and in a few weeks, you’ll probably have gotten past whatever you’re struggling with today.
Resilience is a skill that needs to be built, whether you’re dealing with something as petty as a bad hair day, or something much more tremendously impactful on your life.
You will be okay, I promise. You’ll make it through this if you keep putting one foot in front of the other, I promise.
My hair sure isn’t perfect and neither is my life or my body, but I’ve learned to welcome that and love that.
Can you imagine how dull everything would be if it all was perfect? There would be no change, no excitement, no spontaneity or uncertainty. Instead, we get to enjoy that. We get to live that!
So, at the end of the day, embrace your imperfection. Embrace your terrible haircut. It’ll make you a better person.