Have you ever found yourself searching for something without really knowing what you were searching for? Or have you ever thought you were searching for one thing, and then, when you found it, discovered it was about so much more?
It happened to me recently. I started doing something for simple, practical reasons, but then discovered, as I did it, it had come to mean so much more to me.Have you ever searched for something and discovered so much more?Click To Tweet
I started covering my hair with headscarves.
It is not something I do all the time, and I don’t do it for faith-related reasons.
When I first started covering my hair it was about two very simple things. First, it was about protecting my waist length hair on days when it might get in the way of cooking or other activities. Secondly, and most importantly for me, it was a way to experiment with color, form and texture in a way that I, as a larger woman, can’t get away with in clothes.
I was searching for a way to feel beautiful in a society that tells me big is most definitely not beautiful. I found what I was searching for, but I stumbled upon so much more too. Not only have I found that headscarves make me feel beautiful, I realized recently the reasons I continue to cover my hair (or wrap my hair, I tend to use both terms) are different than the reasons why I began to do it in the first place.Are you searching for something? Don't be afraid to look in the unconventional places.Click To Tweet
I discovered while headscarves make me feel beautiful, they also makes me feel ready to face the day. It’s the way I take a little time at the start of a day to ready myself physically, in much the same way that other women put on their makeup, or spend time carefully choosing their clothes. It also makes me feel strong. I feel that I can walk with my head held high, both spiritually and physically, as covering in this style makes me aware of the way I hold my head and affects my posture for the better.
Then there is the thing I discovered that I really was not expecting. I discovered a new community of women online, from all faiths and no faith at all, who cover their hair for all sorts of different reasons. I discovered a sense of unity. I feel as if I stand shoulder to shoulder with women all around the world, those who cover their hair and those who don’t. Even though visually this separates me from most women where I live, what I feel is the exact opposite and I cannot explain that.
Are you still searching or longing for something? Be open to the idea that what you are looking for might not be found where you think, in traditional places. Don’t be afraid to look in the unconventional places. You might find what you are looking for, you might find God, and you might even find your true self.
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