Do you ever get sick of yourself? Like, when you’re talking, and suddenly you just want to scream, “Blah! I don’t wanna talk about me anymore! I’m over myself today!” This happens to me a lot when I’m working at the salon, and mostly because I feel like so much of my day revolves around talking about my life. I think other hair stylists will agree, when women are at the beauty salon they want to gossip, and let me tell you, I’ve heard some cray cray stuff in my time as a stylist. What always surprises me, though, is how much clients want to know about me. Their questions range from personal to general, but I find that more often than not, I’m asked these questions: What brought you to New York? How long have you been married? How did you meet your husband? What does your husband do? Where do you live? Do you want children?
Sometimes I feel like these ladies are looking at me all like:
I really don’t mind sharing things about my personal life, but sometimes it gets exhausting. It can feel good to talk about myself and therapeutic to share stories, but there are other instances where divulging too much has made me feel overexposed. I remember telling one client about the time Matt got really sick when we were living in Grenada and how scared I was. An almost stranger knew about one of the most terrifying moments of my life, and I felt really weird about it afterward.
I think sharing personal anecdotes are one of the big ways women connect with each other (and human beings in general). Women are emotional creatures, I get it, and I am very emotional, but I do find as I get older, I’m turning into more of a dude. I don’t really like to have super long conversations on the phone anymore, I can’t stand gossip, and I’ve started to take things at face value more. Maybe it’s because I live with a dude, maybe it’s because I’m content with where I am in my life, or maybe I simply spent my entire 20’s analyzing myself, and now at 30 I’m spent. Either way, it’s safe to say I’m just not that into me anymore. I mean, I love myself as I believe every confident person should, but I just don’t care to brag about how awesome my life is.
I guess I’m too busy living.
Photo by Anne Taintor.