Locks of Love

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is good.  I’m making changes, and it’s good.  This is the mantra I’ve been repeating because change isn’t always easy.  Among these changes includes a new haircut.  It’s been two years since I’ve had short hair.  I’ve been fortunate to have a head of thick, healthy mane that grows incredibly fast.  Long hair is my security blanket, but in high school, I began cutting my hair drastically short and donating my hair to Locks of Love or Pantene.

My family has been riddled with cancer and cancer scares that this cause hits closer to home than is comfortable. Towards this cause, I’ve donated morethan 10 inches to Pantene earlier this week.  I’m still getting used to the short hair.  As with all changes, transitional periods are the rockiest.

I was almost tempted to sell my hair on the black market for hundreds of dollars, but the Mother Theresa that sits on my shoulder guided me to the right decision.

I try and make volunteering and service a big part of my life because I’ve been blessed with many opportunities in my short life and I want to give God’s blessings back to the world.  Returning to Vietnam and living in Asia last summer reminded me how fortunate my life has been.  With a toss of a coin, it could have easily turned out differently for my sisters and I.

I’ve been told my life story is remarkable, but I’ve never thought so.  What makes me remarkable are the good people who have helped me along the way.  I would not be here if my parents hadn’t adopted me or my mentors hadn’t educated and prodded me to be a better person.  Donating my locks is just another way for me to repay my gratitude to all those who are far more remarkable than me.

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