Based on the photo that you see in my latest blog article: I’m not in poor physical health – I had a haircut earlier today, after I got up.  Needless to say, reaction to it has been somehow mixed – at least for right now.  Of course, I had planned to get a haircut in the next few days – now I’m wondering if I should have waited a bit longer to actually do it.  On the other hand, after my experience earlier today, I’ve come to the realization that a buzz-cut haircut – extreme or not – isn’t part of the image that I’d prefer to show to the world, at least in the future.

   I’m sure that my haircut from earlier today isn’t the worst mistake I’ve made throughout my life – I’ve made worse mistakes before that’s resulted in the kind of consequences which tend to haunt, if not ruin, you for the rest of your life (to a certain extent).  But then, my present situation is just one example of human nature – and the various reactions that it can provoke.  We all make mistakes almost every day of our lives – and at day’s end, those who make a somewhat minor error in personal judgment (including having a somewhat less than perfect haircut) still have it a bit better than others who are less fortunate.

   Another aspect of human nature is learning from your actions (including your mistakes) – and those of everyone else – if nothing else, to avoid any further criticism and embarrassment in the future, or at least try to avoid them.  So is accepting personal responsibility for whatever actions you take (unlike those who end up damaging their reputations and refuse to accept the consequences of their own actions, like a certain comedienne who should’ve never staged a comeback on TV, if only because she voted for our present U.S. President almost two years ago – which makes my recent haircut look very minor by comparison).

   The basic truth is: life can be and is unpredictable – especially when we make snap judgments that turn out to be less than stellar – sometimes when the consequences prove to be less damaging, like my “bald look.”  And the other times?  Well, I won’t get into that – partly because I prefer not to dwell on them too much, which remains important, especially when we don’t know what further misfortunes we’ll come across next (though some of them are becoming painfully obvious [with the emphasis on “painfully”], for those of you who read, watch, and listen to the news on a daily basis).

   At least several things have resulted from my little “mistake” today.  For one thing, my “bald phase” won’t last forever – which is a good thing, since my hair’s not likely to fall out for the rest of my natural-born life.  And the next time I do get a haircut, I’m definitely going to avoid suggesting that I get a buzz-cut – because if I have my way, the buzz-cut I got today’ll be my last.  I’ve already got enough in my life to deal with – some of it more troublesome than me getting mixed criticism for opting for a “bald look.”  Even if it won’t last long.


About johnlav

I've written five published novels -- including the first two in the CHAMELEONS, INC. book series -- as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in both print and on the Internet.
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