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Change is good for all of us

by Unity Klazen
17 Apr 2007
Peoples Post
Peoples Post

This week has been all about change for me. I must admit that being outside of my comfort zone and doing things that I rarely would do is quite scary.

As you might have seen in my picture, I have quite long hair and decided to go for the chop. It is not something that I do often, I actually try to steer clear of hairdressers with scissors because, as I have learnt in the past, a "trim" to them means cutting 10 centimetres off your well-grown hair!

Well, I decided I needed a change and, as would any woman in distress, I opted for a new look. It lasted all of 30 minutes, until it started raining.

In case you didn't know, freshly blow-dried hair does not like water.

And with my new look came new resolutions. I would keep this style until it grows out and I would never feel guilty about cutting it. Whatever.

I came in to work the other day and gave one look at my editor's long - and when I say long, I mean very long - groomed tresses, tugged once at my shortish ponytail and regretted my decision.

But it did give me comfort in a way that I had never really thought about.

Yes, I know it is hair and it will grow back. I remember when I was younger, my grandpa, being very religious, told me that "a woman never cuts her hair because it is a sign of her strength".

So you couldn't even dare to cut your fringe or trim your hair by five centimetres or he would notice. He's not that strict any more, but the message still sticks with me.

Even though one of my favourite songs by India.Arie says, "I am not my hair", I think her hair tells a lot about a woman. The song says exactly how I felt this week, "Because it was time to change my life / To be the woman I am inside... It is not what is on your head / It's what's underneath."

And that is what it is all about. It's the kind of person you are, the way you express your individuality, that makes you stand out from the rest.

Whether it is cutting your hair or changing something small in your daily routine, or your bad habits. Sometimes we all need to change something.

We are so set in our ways and our thinking that we do not always appreciate other people's input.

Someone once told me that the only constant in life is change and, for once, I understand what they mean. If you look back at your life and think of how many changes you have made, doesn't this make sense? Whether it was moving house, changing schools or having a new love in your life, we have all experienced it first hand. Has this made you a better person or not? How has this changed your life?

I'll leave you with that 'til next week...

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