You know how Ben Franklin taught us nothing's certain but death and taxes?
Well, he forgot something: change.
Change can be a hard process sometimes, even when it's something good and something we initiate ourselves.
I recently realized my curly girl haircut was the perfect metaphor for the process that so often happens when dealing with change.
Can you relate?
You know you’re ready for a change.
Maybe you want to try something drastic.
Maybe you just want some minor fixes so you'll feel you're at your best.
You go to the expert who you know can help you get exactly what you want.
You sit down, take a deep breath as you settle in,
and explain what you’re hoping to get out of the experience.
The action begins.
Progress is made.
Then you get to the messy middle.
This is not the pretty part of the process.
It’s big and wild and feels untamable.
But you’ve been through experiences like this before.
You know how overwhelmed, frustrated, and crazed it can make you feel.
You admit that it’s scary.
You also know that given time and the right actions,
you’ll get through this.
You know the end result will be worth it.
You realize you need some time to relax and de-stress.
You do what you have to in order to calm yourself down.
You remind yourself to trust the process.
You pamper yourself
and ask for help when you need it.
You might find yourself in weird or uncomfortable situations,
but you know that’s just how it has to be.
You make the most of it.
You take notice of all the progress you’ve made so far.
You know you’re getting closer to the end.
You just have to wait a little bit longer and then…
It took time.
It took patience.
It took help.
It took trust.
Sometimes it felt like it wasn’t going to end.
There were moments you thought
“What the hell have I done?”
But you’d always known deep down
you were doing the right thing.
And, just like always,
that wise voice inside of you was right.
Special thanks to Debbie Hocevar of Santo Salon and Spa for her help, encouragement, and my great haircut!
Katie Baron: life coach, freelance writer, animal and nature lover, musician, relentless optimist