Some thoughts about having long hair
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I have dreams where I cut it off so it stays out of my face.
It's also one of those things where people take notice once it's around three inches long. Unfortunately for me, I happen to be a guy. Apparently growing out your hair past three inches is a breach of unspoken law unless you're super attractive and you can pull it off (for guys anyway).
Like, wow. I expected some backlash, but it's kinda scary how much people can just hone in on one insignificant aspect of another person. And, really, it is insignificant. Maybe if I were still in my teens it wouldn't be too big a deal. To be honest, I'm not seeing a whole lot of guys my age with long hair. Even old friends of mine who used to have long hair now wear it short. That's not a good or bad thing in itself because, like I said, hair is insignificant. (And mostly it's just people saying I should get a haircut like if I don't my hair would rear up and attack people off the street. Unfortunately I am stuck with plain, ordinary hair. To be fair, some people seem more adamant about their opinion of my hair than others. It isn't everyone coming across as rude, more like just a few that seem too eager to chime in with their opinion about something that isn't theirs to begin with. In any case, the "he needs a haircut" vote is in the majority.)
As far as my work goes, I put mine back into three ponytails and tuck it under my hat. Three because my bangs are only around four inches or so and don't fit behind my head. Once it's all tucked away, albiet the occasional feather sticking out, you wouldn't guess that my hair is as long as it is. My coworkers, when they see me with my hat off, tend to laugh. And that's fine because it's not mock laughter, but the laughter that happens when you see your coworker with long hair out of the blue. =P
So, why am I putting myself through more odd looks and the torture that happens when your bangs attack your eyes when it's breezy?
1) I'm 22. I'm starting my career, staying out of trouble and have little to no real social life. I am due for a stupid decision here and there, so why not do something harmlessly stupid?
2) Ultimately it's just hair, and it's never been this long before. I think having long hair can be fun. I'll probably try and rock a Southern Water Tribe do just for fun when it gets super long. Maybe I'll dress up as Link (I have a hat for that too).
3) I'm not going to have my thick, luscious locks forever, so I might as well enjoy it while I have it. The entire point of having hair is to have fun with it in my opinion. I'm still pretty young, and goodness knows my life could always use more fun.
4) Most importantly, once it gets to be nine inches from the bottom of my neck, I'm going to donate it to a charity that turns donated hair into wigs for cancer patients. Hair might be insignificant, but you never truly appreciate the insignificant things until you don't have them anymore. The entire point of hair is to have fun with it, so once I've had my fun I can send it off to someone who will hopefully appreciate it even more than I ever could.
I kinda don't like mentioning to people that I'm donating my hair, though. Well, my dad normally brings it up for me half the time when we go out, but other people seem to clam up once it's mentioned. Like, somehow I need to validate why I'm doing something that at first looks juvenile? It's weird to look at it that way. =/ I also think it's the wrong way to look at it.
In my opinion, I don't think it's something people really should take notice over. I mean... it's hair... Calm the Karz down, people. =P
Whassat, Billy? You have a Yugi Moto look and nobody calls you out for it?
Well, don't you live a blessed life, Billy? >=/
GET OFF MY LAWN!