For me, my hair has always been a huge part of my life. Growing up biracial, people would always look at my skin tone and hair texture as a way to see “what I was”. I started questioning my own race, because being mixed meant I wasn’t this or that, or one or another, because I was both at the same time.
My hair was the biggest indicator of my heritage. My curls showed that I was “mixed with something” . when I was in middle school I thought conforming to fit in better was better, I would ask my mom to dye my hair lighter, and to straighten it. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized that I didn’t need to change my hair, or myself, to be me. Fitting in turned from an obsession to look like everyone else, to realizing that “fitting in”meant “follower”. Fitting in meant “average”. I was far from a follower and the furthest thing from average.
I really connected with “Let Life In” message because thats exactly what I did when I chose to stop forcing myself to fit into a box that never really existed. I decided to let go of society’s expectations of me and let in MY OWN expectations for myself instead.
Its deeper than “just hair”. The acceptance of my natural curls was the tipping point for me in the process of truly finding myself. Rocking my curls was the catalyst i needed to say “you know what, Im not AVERAGE…. IM SPECIAL”.
#LetLifeIn. Let go of whatever is holding you back from being YOU. Whatever that trigger is for you to jump into your passion and life’s purpose, embrace it.
Even if you think its just hair, it might be the very thing that changes your life, like it did mine.