September is Alopecia Awareness Month. For me, this is very timely because I have recently had a ‘blip’ in my confidence about facing the world as a person with no hair. I was interested to explore why this might be. So we decided to record ourselves having a conversation where we discuss this issue, and wider thoughts on how easy, yet unhelpful, it is to worry about what others think.
“Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner” ~ The Caregiver’s Tao Te Ching, William and Nancy Martin
A New Adventure
This is our very first ever ‘podcast’, which we found to be both scary and exciting! I was interested to reflect on one aspect of the conversation, where I touch on how we might measure ‘femininity’. It is a testament to the power of social conditioning that my immediate thoughts on this were to see external things like make-up and jewellery as feminine markers and I was pleased to check myself on this front. I don’t think this at all! Isn’t it incredible how sub-conscious thoughts can influence our conscious mind. The most powerful lesson for me as a result of this audio experiment is to understand that it is ok, and indeed vital, to stick with my true values about the importance of character over appearance. It is this conviction which has helped me to develop a sense of strength since losing my hair, and to come back to that place of strength in wobbly moments.
“No-one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
We very much hope you enjoy listening to our ramblings. If you have a moment to let us have any feedback (no matter how ‘constructive’!), that would really help us with any additional audio offerings.
Thank you, and until the next time…! 🙂
For more about Henry Fraser and his inspirational story, check out his website here.