Pursuit of Natural

life, levity, & the pursuit of natural


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New Growth: It’s Okay

 

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I would’ve felt even better about going natural if there were more support around me.

But it wasn’t necessary.

It would’ve been easier if people close to me understood the purpose behind it.

But they didn’t need to.

Going natural was a reminder that it is okay to decide and do a thing for myself without being overly-concerned about how other people perceived it.

But we aren’t islands, as the saying goes…

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New Growth: Choosing Me

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Self-Care Is Not Easy

When I’m sick, I don’t hesitate to reclaim as much of my time and energy as I can. It’s an automatic thing to prioritize my health over any other demands. Self-care should always be so effortless. It’s not that way for everyone.

For me, the everyday kind of self-care is like a muscle that that only gets stronger with consistent use–a type of resolve obtained only with lots of practice. It is a conscious exercise, not an automatic one, in choosing me over someone else.

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New Growth: I Define Enough

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When is “Enough” Enough?

“Why do you want to cut off your hair? It’s not gonna grow any more than this.”

Determined as I was to prove the disparaging assertion wrong, the notion behind it lingered over the course of my natural hair journey. It was the notion that if I never grew my hair past a certain length, all my time and energy and effort would have been for nothing.

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New Growth: Knowledge Is the Power to Change

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Feeling Something’s Wrong

There’s a Nigerian utterance for every mood and every occasion. On the occasion that my sadness turned to lethargy, my mom would describe my demeanor to me in one such utterance, which conveyed a sense that one lacked the energy to even be tired. Doo-wehn, doo-wehn, doo-wehn. Clearly, something was wrong, but I couldn’t remember the last time I wasn’t sad, so I continued the process of becoming a zombie.

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