“Let It Ride” takes on a whole new meaning when talking about the changes that can happen in your life on your longhair journey.
I realize some of you may not relate to the AARP crowd. You still have that "new man" smell; running on high octane, burning rubber and cruising in the fast lane. Perhaps speeding so fast through life that the significance of your longhair journey is lost in the dust cloud behind you.
A hairstyle change might be just another Tuesday if you're 22, but if you've had the same hairstyle for 22 years, it can feel like turning a Model T into a low-rider. The journey to long hair is significant to each of us in our own way, and while the wheels might be different, here’s how my life has changed on the Freeway to Flow.
DENTS AND DINGS
I won't spin a tale of woe to describe my state of being before I decided to grow out my hair. It might be cheap therapy for me, but the details wouldn't really benefit the story and I'm not fishing for sympathy. One thing I know for certain is that everyone collects a few dents and dings with each lap around the track. We all have problems, right?
CLOSER TO THE FINISH LINE
"...I felt defeated"
TAIL FINS ON A PRIUS
I was binge-watching Spartacus, Vikings, and Game of Thrones when I got the bug to let my hair grow out. I'm fortunate to have good hair at my age. I suspect that gray is planning a hostile takeover, but brown is putting up a good fight.
Still, I feared that long hair on me might look like tail fins on a Prius. I knew I'd catch some flack, but I figured I could use the "Bucket List" defense. (I plan on using that a lot on the downhill side.)
ONE EXIT AWAY FROM 60
COMMITMENT WAS THE TUNE-UP I NEEDED
I started to see the change in my life once I understood that commitment was the tune-up I needed. I learned that from The Longhairs, and I have to say that I'd still be on the road to nowhere without them.
This community is like a gigantic travel plaza; something for everyone and everything you need. I loaded up on supplies, filled my tank with motivation and inspiration, got the “maps” and information I needed, and committed to my journey.
"I loaded up on supplies"
LET’S POP OPEN THE HOOD
HARD TO FIND AN EXIT
"I started eating for my hair"
OLD JALOPY ON BLOCKS
I started working on the yard and thinking about regular exercise. I had become that old jalopy in the back yard up on blocks with no wheels. I need to visit my mechanic and see if my internal combustion is firing on all cylinders, but for now I'm thinking about a walking schedule and maybe some stretchy-bendy stuff I can do at home.
There have been a few other less significant changes, but all told the road for me is less bumpy and more interesting now. The Longhairs are an incredible source of inspiration and motivation for me, but I give myself credit for doing the work. No one's going to make it better for you, but a road trip is always more fun with someone to talk to and who knows the way.