This is my daughter.
She is 15, a freshman in high school.
She is active in the marching band with the color guard, sings in the choir, and is part of a group of introverts who meet together to help encourage each other.
Outside of school she participates in our church youth group, 4H, loves all animals, and is an incredibly talented budding photographer.
I could go on and on, as all mothers can.
In addition to each of these attributes and more, she is brave.
I have discussed before her journey to mental health. We discuss mental health issues on a regular basis and include “check-ins” as part of our regular dialogue.
In the middle of her journey to health, she took a step that I do not think I would ever be bold enough to take and shaved half of her head. Shaving her head wasn’t enough for this introverted girl, and the remaining hair was dyed blue.
The new style suited her, and though it took some time for others to get used to, she has maintained it for over a year. Each time her cut is cleaned up, freshly shaved, she smiles and laughs even more.
It may be due to the journey she is on, and how far she has come that I was shocked to hear adverse comments about her chosen style.
It seems that the relative of a lifelong friend of my daughters began warning her to be careful. The belief is that due to her current hairstyle, and a piercing in her nose, she is a bad influence. So much so that it was suggested that the friend limit interaction.
I can’t believe that in 2019 we are still having this conversation.
Hair is just hair.
Tattoos are just tattoos.
Piercing are just piercings.
None of these are a mark of character or an indication of what a person is made of.
No matter the hair color or cut, it is just that simple, and a cut that helps someone’s mental health, well, I can’t think of anything better!