Girls, I have a confession. This summer, I wasted more than one day watching an America's Next Top Model marathon. On the makeover shows, there are always a few women who get their hair cut into short, cute pixie cuts. I have always wanted to chop off all my hair, but I've never been brave enough to do it.
I was so excited. And then something strange happened...
The night before my haircut, I couldn't sleep. I was panicked. What if I looked funny? What if I hated it? I kept trying to remind myself that it was just hair, and it would grow back, but I kept worrying. The more I worried, the more I knew that I had to take the risk and cut my hair. It was going to be harder than I thought, but that would make it that much more exciting.
When I showed up at the salon on Wednesday morning, I handed my stylist Emma Watson's photo and her jaw hit the floor. I was a bundle of nerves and excitement, more determined than ever to make a big change. Before I knew it, my shoulder-length hair was all over the floor, and I was grinning from ear to ear. I kept feeling the back of my head and laughing at how fuzzy and short it felt. And just like Molly said, letting go of all that hair was very freeing.
Okay, I've had a few freakouts since my haircut. In fact, yesterday morning I stood in my closet crying that, "None of my clothes go with my new hair! Who am I trying to be?!" But then I realized I'm not trying to be anyone. I took a risk, and my hair is REALLY short, but I'm still me. I may keep the hair style for a long time, I may grow it out soon, but I'm proud of myself for being brave.
So what's the point? Believe it or not, the lesson here isn't hair. Maybe for you it's hair, but maybe it's trying out a new style of clothing that you're afraid your friends won't like. Maybe it's getting the courage to try out for a team or sing in the talent show or try out for the school play. Maybe it's the courage to say hello to a new student on the first day of school. Take the risk... as long as it's safe... and do something you were always afraid to try. You might be surprised at the results!