I did something that is very unlike me

Ignite Life
April 4, 2024

I did something that is very unlike me, I was a bit nervous but somehow I knew it needed to happen.

I had the instinct to shave my head – as a person who usually keeps things pretty standard this was a huge thing for me & felt unfamiliar..

I wont lie there were some doubts but also trusting my inner self rather than seeking opinions, validation or permission from others.

It was interesting to observe some of the inner dialogue around this

What will people think – have I lost the plot, a mid life crisis has arrived or just be a bit suss about why I would do it?

Is it brave or stupid?

My head wont be the same as my headshot, I will lose speaking workshops or be seen as unprofessional

You ‘have’ to raise money for charity. I didn’t want to, this was for me and the pleaser in me is exhausted – its okay for it not to be about others. If you want to donate please support Liam in the mother’s day classic in honour of my dear friend Michelle who died last year https://lnkd.in/g-uApp3P

What if I hate it, its a long road to growing it back.

What will open up symbolically, what if it’s a disaster and I go into the dark depths?

Will it be too revealing, will my cheeks look massive, what if people think I am sick, will people touch my head, what if I get sunburnt on my head, will I look even more tired…the list goes on blah, blah, blah.

And do you know what happened…

Not much.

Its only day 1 and what’s interesting to me is that it felt like it was a bigger deal than it actually was. I made the decision & followed through with the action – something that is good to remember.

I feel like something shifted – it was trusting my instinct, seeing what happened & embracing the change – being curious.

I didn’t care what others thought & it felt right. I don’t need to have all the answers to why, or having opinions on whether I should do it or not. I wanted to do it so I did.

My real colour is shining through & there is a clean slate to not only be authentic but decide what it could be in the future – an opportunity to embrace different possibilities, who knows what colours & styles will come from this.

I am embracing the change & noticing what arises. It does feel liberating & we will see if this translates to other areas in life.

Even when I am frustrated with the decision down the track when I am growing it out (if that’s what I chose) I know right here right now, it was the right decision & I can navigate what ever future hair issue arise.

Yes this is just a hair cut, but it represents so much more – trust, change, curiosity & stepping into something new.

Afterwards I rang my Mum (she didn’t know I was going to do it) & she reminded me that sometimes we just need to do brave things.

I would love to hear your experiences of things you have done that have great learnings and translate into other areas.

In the meantime, I am going to enjoy the ticklish feeling when the wind blows on such short hair.