The more you think, the more you tend to scare yourself out of doing something.
However, I usually become so engrossed in something that I’ll go stir-crazy unless it’s done that day. This was the result of yesterday’s ponderings.
I’ve always admired any girl who could chop off her hair with no regrets, no cares about what others say or think. In America, it’s typical for girls to run around (literally – those girls who work out in full makeup and curled hair) with long locks.
It’s a little disheartening to realize just how much emphasis is placed on looks alone in American society (for both males and females). I’ve been asked multiple times by coworkers why we, as Americans, tend to spend so much money on items, or why we put so much effort into makeup (etc.). In essence, there are far more important things than looks alone.
New Zealand is so different. Life here has opened my eyes to a new way of accepting, embracing individuality, and a regained passion in creativity and art. If you want to chop off your hair, do it – no one passes judgment. If you want to sing on the beach, do it – no one passes judgment. I absolutely love the vibe that Wellington itself also gives off… it’s much like a “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter,” (Dr. Seuss) type of mantra.
I’ve even seen women 60+ yrs. old walking around here with purple hair, swimming in the ice-cold ocean and exploring downtown in colorful attire that most elite societies would frown down upon. But not New Zealand. It’s such a beautiful, free country. Hair or no hair, Kiwis embrace everyone for who they are, regardless of how they look or dress. No one judges. No one scowls if you wear glasses and the same jacket every day. I was told this beforehand and have now experienced it by plunging into things here… and I love it. I couldn’t have chosen a more beautiful, fitting country that could support, challenge and embrace me for the type of traveler I’m growing into. I strive to live more like Kiwis, with little (or no) worries. If the world was filled with the Kiwi lifestyle (all joking aside about how deadlines would never be met), it would be so beautiful to perceive how good-natured humans can be to one another.
Life is too short to not do what you love. If you don’t do it today, tomorrow might be too late.
In summary: Be proud of who you are and what you want to accomplish. Just do it, reinvent yourself and live with no regrets.
Plug: The hair “restyle” was done by an incredibly friendly German stylist Susie at Snip Salon (120 The Terrace, Wellington). Highly recommendable! All views are my own and not promoted by this company or any others. 🙂