Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Simple Canvas...

Last Thursday I took a big leap and cut my hair (after growing it out forever). I rarely go to a salon, so I enjoyed the girl time of talking about hair color, changes with age, weight loss, identity and all of that. It surprised me that I enjoyed it so much! Taking a little time to recreate a look or just to acknowledge a part of me that was being neglected. Whatever the reason, it was fun! 

That being said, it seems that the need for this change felt a lot like my "need" to have steamers a couple of times in the summer - or the "need" to make a trip to the ocean or the woods. It's not who I am, but these activities are things I enjoy once in awhile. The practical reality is that its hot and I wanted a simpler haircut to deal with, and I love the haircut and new look.

 So Friday, I felt strange, but still went to work and had a normal day - came home and dressed to go out Friday night for dinner and wine tasting.  By Saturday morning, I was in  a full-fledge allergic reaction to? the hair dye? the wheat filled hair products?  Whatever it was, it was miserable.

And this is when reality hit me...I complicated this myself.

My life is simple because it needs to be.  I have a gluten intolerance and am super sensitive to lactose, so when I sprayed the hairspray and used the gel that had wheat in it...well, lets just say I've been out of work for 2 days and can go back to work tomorrow (Wednesday). I finally feel a bit better. This experience was a good reminder...

I'm not fancy, but I really like this new haircut! Swearing off all hair products though :)
I eat simply, because I feel better when I do.
I eat local and organic because I don't like being sick and it tastes better!
I live in a small house because it's easier to care for and keep clean.
I don't have a car or drive because I like to walk, meet people and have conversations.
I study Permaculture because I want to be a positive part of repairing the ecology and living sustainably.

My realization is that this desire to live simply and sustainably and with as little impact as possible on the Earth's resource, is one of the most complicated ideas I have ever studied and I love it.

Only a simple canvas of a life will give this complex being - I am discovering in myself - a place to explore. 

1 comment:

  1. Your haircut was so amazing, you looked like a totally different person both front & back. Every time I looked over at your desk it looked like someone else was sitting there, LOL :) Have you thought about getting gluten-free hair products since they more than likely make them?