I looked at myself in the mirror, obese and dishevelled with white roots showing in my hair, and thought: ‘I’ve let myself go.’
Then it struck me that, in other areas of one’s life, ‘letting go’ is a positive thing, associated with freedom and closure.
And there is a certain amount of freedom in not caring what you look like. You’re free of the constraints of having to dye your hair every three weeks, and get a weekly blow dry, and have your eyebrows shaped, and remove all your unwanted body hair, and put on makeup each day.
These things take time, effort and money. But you can only be free of them if you’re prepared to accept and not care about society’s judgement of you – otherwise, the burden of that judgement is the price you pay for your freedom, and means you’re not really free at all.
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