Mid-life Crisis

I Think It’s Pretty

“I don’t think people should have to explain anything! For example, if I should paint my fingernails green- oh and it just so happens I do paint them green- well, if anyone should ask me why, I say ‘I think it’s pretty!’ I think it’s pretty, I reply.” Sally Bowles, Cabaret

Having spent far too much time angsting over something so simple, I have decided to color my hair and table the question of going grey until age 50. (Kathryn, wasn’t that your policy?) Thank you to everyone who weighed in on this question. I feel a bit silly for having made such a fuss about it. But since we’re talking about it…other factors that came into play included the following:

~One of my models for greying gracefully is a friend in her middle fifties who is also my massage therapist. I admired her for making the choice after many years of coloring. But when I went to see her recently, guess what? She is coloring her hair again, and it looks great.

~Someone said that Pure Luck would look much younger without his beard. Guess what? He does.

~I am frequently mistaken for someone younger than I am. With the grey hair, guess what? Not so much. It’s not that I want to be younger; I’m honest about my age. But I also don’t want to look older.

~Mostly, though, I decided I didn’t like the way it looked.

So, I used the stuff from the health food store, and I would say it covered 98% or so of the grey. And I think it’s pretty. I think it’s pretty!

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