In 1983, I decided to cut my hair shorter. My friend, Maria, got a snazzy fresh look, and I played copy cat.
I loved my shorter locks on the front and side. The layers made it easy to blow dry and style. I walked the halls at school feeling lighter and way cooler.
In case you are wondering…. Yes, it is true. I was proud of my mullet.
In 1983, my mullet was all the rage.
The problem is that I loathe change. (I mentioned this last week, remember?).
When I looked in the mirror, that mullet looked great to me over a decade later. Many kindhearted people tried to help me adopt a different perspective. I can’t tell you how many of my 10th grade English students asked, “Ma’am, have you ever considered growing out your hair?”
No. No. No.
I kept that mullet until 2005. (No, I am not kidding. I am picturing you reading this e-mail and shaking your head in disbelief.)
Every time I considered growing out my out-dated hairdo, I’d reach a point where the discomfort of the long scraggly sides made me reach for the scissors. I’d stand in front of the mirror and chop away.
It looked clean and crisp and easy to manage to me.
I might have gone on this way forever, but one day I finally experienced an epiphany. I finally frowned into the mirror and perceived how completely archaic and unappealing I appeared to the world.
So, I hid my scissors.
I grit my teeth when the hair on the side reached down below my ears and looked uneven and messy.
I tried not to stare too long at my current reflection, and instead I imagined how beautiful my hair was going to look in the future.
A year after my scissors went into hibernation, I started a new job and made an appointment with a fancy hairdresser. I got lovely honey-colored highlights and completely updated my look.
Soon after, I met my husband. He is not a fan of the mullet, and I am probably married today because I parted with my scissors.
So my friends, I want to confess that this week I realized that I have a new “mullet” to tackle. For years now, friends have encouraged me to re-brand this blog. I know that I need to, but frankly, I didn’t want to deal with the discomfort. I like things the way they are, and updating didn’t seem all that necessary.
The time is now. If I don’t refresh and move forward, this space will grow redundant and ineffective.
I want to sparkle instead of fizzle out.
So, for the next few days, I am going to grit my teeth and deal with the discomfort.
A fresh look is coming. You don’t need to do a thing. I’ve invited someone to help dress up things a bit, and although my new home will be LyliDunbar.com, you will still receive encouragement in your inbox if you are subscribed.
My blogging friends should know that the link-up is going to move to Fridays soon under a new name. I will e-mail you all the details once we are ready to roll out the revamped blog.
How about you?
What’s your mullet?
Sometimes we must take a hard look in the mirror and make changes if we want to glitter for God’s glory.
Something to think about…
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