"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands... " 1 Thessalonians 4:11
When you write in a blog for over 8 years it can be rough finding subjects you've not already exhausted.
Well, I finally found one. Namely, long hair on women over 40.
Good gracious! Throughout the years I've watched people react with such vehemence on this subject, most of them insisting that no decent, smart woman over 40 would wear her hair long. Do a google search on long-haired older ladies and you'll find 45,000,000 rantings, most of them negative. Most (know-it-alls) say, nothing ages a woman more than long hair.
I say mind your own business.
No, really. A woman's hair is her business and even the Bible calls it her crowning glory.
What brought all this on? Well, as I told you, Tom and I are currently watching Alias reruns until we become bleary-eyed and must stumble into bed. Anyway, two of the actresses, one over 50, the other past 40, have long hair and both look incredible. Gorgeous. And in the case of Patricia Wettig, I'd even say downright luminescent--though, ok, part of it, I noticed, came from superb lighting inside her psychiatrist office. But hey, does 50+ Patricia's long hair age her into some old hag not to be taken seriously?
Uh, I think not. And here's the other woman I spoke of, Lena Olin, who was 47 at the time of her appearance on Alias:
If ever there were perfect examples that people should just zip their lips on this subject of older women wearing long hair, well, here are those examples.
If a woman's long hair makes her feel terrific, she should wear it long. And of course, if she feels great with it short, she should wear it short.
But everybody else, I feel, should just keep their opinions to themselves on this very personal subject. And if they did this simple thing? This world would become a tad friendlier, better place with fewer hurt feelings. We feel overwhelmed to bring about huge changes, but so often it's such small things which could--and do-- make all the difference.
If only we'd remember...
"And isn't long hair a woman's pride and joy? For it has been given to her as a covering." ... 1 Corinthians 11:15 (NLT)
"She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue." ... Proverbs 31:26
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." ... copied
"The eyes of full-time critics are blind to so much beauty." ... Debra