Happy new year people!
2015 finds me at the TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro) stage yet again. Most people begin again because there’s an irreversible problem with their hair but for me the reason is the exact opposite of that. I big chopped as a christmas gift to my younger sister, Eva.
In her late teens, Eva is experiencing a bit of an identity crisis as she tries to find her place in the world and fit into an ever changing dynamic environment of young adults. The social and peer pressure for young adults to conform is overwhelming. Understandably, she is terrified of highlighting herself as the extremely odd one out.
The challenges of young adults are now comical to me because with age comes wisdom and the understanding that those who can’t accept me as I are not worth having. Eva is yet to make this discovery so to reinforce her courage, I big chopped to (hopefully) set an example that will leave a lasting impression. She had mentioned how much she wished she big chopped when I did. I realize she was only seeking my companionship to walk the natural path with her. That’s big sister job right there.
Of course I am more relaxed about this big chop than my first one. My regimen is solid and I know exactly what to expect from my hair. I’ll be able to do a lot more with my TWA this time because I am not as petrified of what’s to come as I was during the first big chop.
My hair is about 1 inch in length. Over the coming weeks I will solidify a TWA regimen as well as attempt to style the TWA with more than just wash and go. I’m super excited about nurturing my hair back to the original length of 14 inches (that I would have had at the end of 4 years of growth with 2 inches lost in trims). The more fulfilling part of this journey is definitely becoming a guide to someone else. I am hoping Eva gains the same enlightenment I did from going natural. Hopefully she will allow me to film and document her journey. If not, I’m sure I’ll be able to sneak a pic or two in without her knowledge.
It’s never too late to start over….not just with your hair but in life. If for whatever reason you need to go back and begin again with something in 2015, then go begin again. Write out the plan, break it into daily steps and start.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Earl Nightingale:
Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.
May 2015 be ridiculously amazing and spectacular in life, health, happiness and any goals you have.