Today was the St Baldrick's day celebration at Widener University. For those of you who are unfamiliar, St Baldrick was not a real person. It began as a fund raiser for the treatment of childhood cancer in 1999. To celebrate people shave their heads on St Patrick's day to identify with people, especially children who are fighting and suffering from cancer. The people who were to get their head shaved would have raised funds and donation support from other people. So Baldrick is a juxtaposition of the word bald in place of pat in Patrick.
Today had me cringing when I watched young female students get their heads shaved. I had no problems with guys getting their head shaved, but some of the girls had beautiful hair. However it is important that women realize and identify with this loss, or at least that is what they say. Watching the emotions and the decisions that were made today was curious. Girls were asking others for advice, struggling with internal issues from what parents would say to what future employees would say, to how they would feel personally. A lot of stuff is tied up in a woman's hair.
This decision making comes up in many circumstances. However it all comes down to asking a question when it comes down to making a decision between doing something or not. Which will you regret more doing or not doing something? This question can only be answered by you. Ultimately you know yourself and you can either not do something and regret things for the rest of your life, or go to the place, do the thing, talk to the person and have an adventure and see what happens. (yeah I said that amazing how that phrase keeps popping up.)
I had one student who was sure she wasn't going to do it, but felt like she should. She asked me if I was disappointed. I told her that I supported her in anything that she did. That is the point of St Baldrick's Day. Support. She would have regretted not cutting her hair more than she would have cutting her hair.
to quote John Carter "Go. Find a cause, fall in love, write a book..."
See what happens