67 SHADES OF GRAY……
The answer to the questions
“How old am I and what is the true color of my hair?”
(under the red dye job)
This begs the question:
“When is the right time to allow your hair to be the color it really is……
if that color is GRAY?”
It’s not just about the color.
It’s a social statement.
It’s a commitment to accept where you are in life.
It’s moving to the next level ,
letting go of the illusion of youth
embracing the realities of aging.
Am I really ready for that?
My husband is nine years younger than I am.
He has a full head of gray hair and looks better than he ever has.
I have a semi-full head of red hair because if I didn’t dye it,
I would look like his mother.
I don’t want to look like his mother.
How do we embrace what is and find a way to celebrate it?
I’ve given myself 3 more years.
When I turn 70, I am going to re-evaluate my position
and think about going gray.
I can’t promise I’m going to do it…… ever!
But I am going to think about it.
I am going to chant the name IRIS APFEL every day
to get in touch with the defiant
“gray haired warrior”within me.
I feel young on the inside.
I really don’t understand why my exterior isn’t cooperating with the program.
My dream is to be one of those women who goes gracefully
through every stage of life ;
still quirky, hip , wise, funny, fashionable and witty.
…growing older but still being me.
Can I be all that and be gray too?
I want to look in the mirror and see the person I feel like on the inside.
Right now, that person has red hair.
Maybe one day I’ll wake up and have the courage to embrace
the rockin’ old lady I am…..
even with my 67 shades of gray hair!