I have been asked what it is like living with grey hair. I am not really sure what to say. I do not have workplace issues; all my freelance work has come through word of mouth or been completely anonymous through the internet. When I am out and about I am almost always wearing a hat, so you would have to look closely to notice my hair. My women friends are all wildly in favor but I have not noticed a dramatic rise in the number of grey heads among them.
I am very shy around strangers and street contact makes me squirm. People look at each other – normal behavior but there were no instructions on what to do with this attention and how to respond. So long ago I learned put the world in soft focus. Sometimes I sense when someone is looking at me without actually making eye contact and am often told by friends and family that they saw me in the street but I didn’t see them. So I am not sure if my grey hair has made me more invisible to strangers but if it has, I would consider that a bonus.
The hardest for me has been glimpsing at myself in a store mirror or window. Who is that grey haired women? My hair does not look black with white highlights – it looks grey. I have learned not to take my reflection too seriously. File that under the wisdom of the middle age.
Linking to Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style. I love the internet for allowing me to decide how visible I will be. Thank you Patti!