This is not the blog post you are looking for…
So, I was out yesterday running errands. I noticed many people, admittedly mostly women since that’s how I’m wired, with long hair and tight pants. It got me to thinking. Are the pants comfortable? Is the hair worth the maintenance?
I’m admittedly not in optimal physical condition right now. That honestly stated, I have never been a fan of form-fitting clothing, regardless of my condition. I remember the last time I was in really good shape and many people didn’t notice just how much I had toned myself because I was still wearing much of the same clothing. Some people asked why I didn’t get clothes that fit me better. I ultimately did get some new clothes, but I still wore clothing that was loose rather than form-fitting.
Now I’m not saying some people don’t look good in the clothes… but for me it was always restrictive and made me feel uncomfortable. At the end of the day, I primarily dress for two reasons:
- Not to be naked.
- For comfort.
Yes, I dress up for the situations that require it… I’m not that much of a rebel! But generally speaking, those are my two criteria and in that order. If I’m not comfortable then I’m miserable. Loose-fitting clothing all the way for me!
I have worn my hair long and short, and a beard sometimes to match. Right now both are a little longer than I would like but it suits the creative/artistic/eccentric me. However, soon I will resemble my other self and not the one people saw recently at my comic book convention appearance with the longer hair and beard.
The longer my hair gets (with or without the companion beard) the tougher it is to maintain. Washing it takes longer… combing it takes longer… and though I’m not an every-hair-in-place guy, it still takes increasingly more time to care for and maintain longer hair than it does shorter hair. Eventually I reach that breaking point where my laziness at cutting my hair is beaten by my annoyance at maintaining the length to which it has grown.
I look different with longer hair than I do with shorter hair. That cannot be denied. I can’t judge better or worse in such things… just different. I’m still me… and unlike the story of Samson & Delilah, I do not gain or lose strength with the length of my hair.
The internet and fans of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” witnessed head-explosions when the new season started and actress Kaley Cuoco showed up with really short hair. I found myself amazed at the depth of the reactions. Some claimed it ruined the show… others claimed it ruined the actress! Think for a second… her hair is likely to grow back… and even if not, she’s ruined with a haircut? Really?
You can’t help but notice, obviously… but she looks and sounds like the same person to me. I wasn’t freaked out. I wasn’t even surprised. I am a guy who notices such things. I’m not the guy who sees a girl with a different hairstyle and is oblivious to why she looks different. I just don’t care. I see the same person with different hair. The earth didn’t open up and release the Kraken because a girl gets a short haircut, but you wouldn’t know it from how a lot of people reacted!