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Grey or Gray

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Yesterday in the very bright light of the company bathroom I looked in the mirror and low and behold the grey or gray that has been edging into my beard for the last few years is now making its way upward. Before I go on more about it, the fact that the hair on my head is changing doesn’t bother me. I’m not going to color it. I’m not going to worry about it if it starts to get thin and recede.

It’s not going to trigger some mid-life crisis because I’m past mid-life. I’m not going to start wearing hats. I’m not going to become a hermit. I’m not going to shave my head.

I am what I am. And at this stage of my life, I’m comfortable with myself. Well for the most part. I’m still trying to get to a healthy weight but I’m only about 10-12 lbs from that. This means 2/3 of that battle has been fought and won.

The world is so image-conscious. I can’t help but think of the damage that does to so many people mentally. I know it twisted me at times in my youth. I know it hurt my family. But today that is the last thing I’m going to stress about. Actually I hope I live a very long time to see it all go grey/gray someday.

Please excuse the scruffy look. I was trimming it short for a while and thought about going Grizzly Adams but summer is on its way and short is more comfortable. Plus I enjoy eating sloppy food so that is also a determinant. So tomorrow the beard gets a trim and the hair gets cut.

Oh, as I was looking in the mirror I thought about the word grey/gray. And I’ve spelled it both ways for many years I believe without looking up which was proper till today. So I learn its a proper to use both depending on where you live in the world. I was hoping the American version was grey but its not, its gray. To me grey looks more like the color.

Sorry about the grayness of this post. I’m going to do some shooting tomorrow and see if we can bring some light to it.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Feels good to get to the last day of the job that pays the bills this week. Now life can begin again.
  • It’s funny how most peoples definition of being “good” varies.
  • I bet pot holes would get a lot more attention if they were on politicians way to work.
  • It’s good to have friends and family that inspire you. Especially when its in the right direction.
  • I’ve stopped wondering how life gets busier as time goes on. It just does. Which shattered one of my dreams as a youth.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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