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And One More Thing…

Photo of the sun setting over a hill and a curve in the road

Adventure is closer than you think

My last post talked about how to satiate your wanderlust when you can’t get away. I like that post. It was a good one

But it’s incomplete.

I realize now it just wasn’t thorough enough.

Because over Thanksgiving weekend I discovered something else that you can do to see the world with new eyes.How did I stumble upon this gem of an opportunity?

Well, I had a few drinks at Friendsgiving – because this is the manner in which all great decisions are made. I spoke with a friend who had done this very thing just a couple of months before, while the rest of my friends cheered me on to do the same.

 


 

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So I did it. What the hell, right?

Just what did I do that made me feel refreshed, opened up my eyes to a new way of living, and helped me explore this world just a little bit more – all without leaving my home town?

I shaved my head. BALD.

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Yup, that’s right. I spent an hour in a chair while Colin, the mohawk-touting marine, buzzed it all off. Then I went home and “Bic’ed” it down even further.

I then proceeded to show up at additional Thanksgiving celebrations without warning friends or family about my transformation. The looks on their faces were priceless.

Most cheered me on and gently poked fun at me. A few shook their heads or held their faces in shame. One gave me the first in what I assume will be a long list of hair-free-life inspired nicknames: Archibaldy.

The Bald Life

Photo of Kathryn Casna after shaving all of her hair off

#iamnotmyhair

Okay, so I’m bald.

So what? What in the name of Archibaldy does this have to do with travel?

Well, for me visiting new places is all about having new experiences, meeting new people, and learning new things. You know, seeing the world from a new perspective.

And guess what?

That’s exactly what I’ve been doing since I said goodbye to my locks.

So far I’ve:

  • Tried on LOTS of things I never would have dreamed of wearing. Especially hats.
  • Had conversations I never thought I’d have
  • Learned about the culture surrounding this type of life choice
  • Felt more empowered
  • Researched exactly why being bald has such a stigma about it
  • Met people who struck up a conversation simply because of my unique look

Ever had any of those experiences while traveling?

I thought you might have.

Dive In

So should you dive head first into #baldlife? That’s up to you.

What I hope you will do after reading this post is dive into exploring life in new ways, whether travel is in your cards or not.

Most people with wanderlust believe that if more people traveled, the world would be a better place. We’d all have more empathy and love for each other.

I’d argue the same about going bald, or taking any other action that allows us to step outside of our normal routines, comfort zones, and viewpoints.

You don’t have to leave your hometown to start putting yourself in other people’s shoes (or hats). You just have to take one action to step outside of your comfort zone. Then take another. An another. Until you’re wiser, more worldly, and more understanding than you were when you started. May I recommend beginning with your first #baldselfie?

Is the #nohairdontcare life for you? No idea. But you’ll never know until you try it.

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