August 8, 2011
Day 2: Something you feel strongly about
Hmmm, this is a good one. Now to pick just one thing....
Ok so I've decided to go with my feelings towards hair. It may seem trivial and insignificant to some but to me its a pretty big deal. I can talk about this topic for days so I'm gonna try to keep this brief.
I am beautiful, just the way I was intended to be. I don't need straight hair to feel pretty, acceptable or "normal." I've fallen in love with my curls and have absolutely no desire to ever chemically alter my hair again. Over the past 3 years of my natural hair journey I have learned so much about myself. At times I wish that I could send out a mass message to all women of African descent and tell them that they are beautiful, regardless of what they've learned and been conditioned to think their entire lives. That we are uniquely made and our hair is not a burden. The journey to natural hair can be tumultuous, stressful and confusing for some. For me it was nothing short of enlightening. Everybody's journey is different but I swear it is completely worth it. Stripping yourself of one of the many holds society has on you is just another step closer to discovering the real you.
Deciding to uncover your own truths in regards to hair has more to do with whats in your head than whats on it. Going natural is as much a mental transition as it is physical, if not more. Now I'm not saying that I wished every Black woman decided to embrace their natural hair because that would be foolish. But I do wish more people were educated on the subject. I know I might sound like a crazed lunatic but I'm so serious when I say that I wish people could stop to think about their history, surroundings, thoughts and behaviors and how everything is connected. I could have chosen a more pressing issue but out of the many issues in my community that I feel strongly about, strangely hair is on my mind most. Maybe there's something wrong with that. I don't care.
Not one bit.