Letting my hair down...
As we move into November, the leaves are changing and falling off the trees, snow is beginning to fall in many areas of the country, and I decided it was time to let my hair down, again. It's funny though. I thought that I was only wearing my hair down, because I love my new pink hat (I do love my new blue one too, but I've been wearing the pink one a lot to work on these cold autumn mornings) and it looks so much cuter when my hair is down. But really, this change goes a bit deeper than that.
This isn't the first time that I've started to wear my hair down. In January of 2009, I made the decision to get my hair cut so that I could wear it down, which was a huge change from the "librarian" look that I'd gone with for the previous 4 or 5 years (yeah, it had been a while). Changing my hair style after so long was not just about getting a new look, it signified letting go and being open to something new. So now, nearly 2 years later, I'm right back where I started. In some ways, I'm in a different place in my life, but in others, I'm not. I'm still on a journey that has taken me over hills, through valleys, into rivers, and over rocks. I'm figuring out more and more where I want to end up and on the path to identifying how to get there. And again, I've let some things go and I'm open to the new adventures along the way.
It's funny how a change of hair style, a new wardrobe, or moving into a new place can help you feel as if you have a fresh start. It can almost be like you are a new person. And although the changes aren't big, these small changes lay the groundwork for being open to bigger things on the journey. I'm looking forward to seeing where this fresh start takes me, who knows who or what will come along as the journey continues, but it really doesn't matter, because I'm ready for it.
When was the last time you made a fresh start? How did that start happen? Are you ready for whatever comes along as your journey continues?