Doing what you love can be one of the best feelings. You can truly appreciate what it is you do and how you do it. I’ve been doing one of the things that I love for years now but I caught myself becoming a little complacent about it a few years back. I started to get a yearning inside for something more and deep. I was longing for something more meaningful to what I do. Creating dope cuts and colors was very rewarding but I started to ponder about what was important.
I never really imagined that I would start to grow weary of my work. Usually when we get into a faze like this it is a message for us to do something different. For me it meant that I needed to start learning and doing more research to discover more of what I do.
As time went on I began reading more and having deeper conversations with my clients, friends, family, and elders. Having had many life turning experiences as well as meaningful breakthroughs I started to unveil a notion that I had never contemplated before. Besides doing really amazing hair I also uplifted others through the power of creativity. I found that inside of me there was a feeling of love and pure satisfaction when I could turn someone’s mood around from negative to positive and it usually came through our conversations. Not only was I cutting and coloring I was also conversing and motivating. I was discovering the power behind a haircut. Of course this is not a new notion it’s just one that I had failed to realize early on. Cosmetology goes back centuries ago when hairstylist were considered sacred and spiritual.
Many important people could not address their responsibilities without the external representations of their true selves. One aspect of that representation was their hair. The hair represents so much more then just the fad of the time. The hair represents the individuals personality. The ability to shape this representation has long been an art but has not long been recognized as such. The mixture of insight with transformation has been an untold Story. This realization has been the fire that fuels my purpose. Having a sense of purpose behind what you do is key in feeling fulfilled with your line of work.
You could be teaching our children, conducting the church choir, driving the local transportation or nursing the sick in hospitals but if you don’t have purpose behind what you do, then you will soon find that lackluster feeling in your work. If your a cosmetologist like me then knowing this will definitely give more meaning to what you do. What cosmetologists do for their communities is very important and I think that the ability of transforming a person, encouraging their confidence, and giving them a stronger sense of self has long been underrated in the world. I have discovered this within my own practice and my own experiences however I also believe that this applies to all people within their own professions.
If you don’t have purpose behind what you do then you will not find a since of meaning, and subconsciously, a sense of meaning is what we all our living for.