Seize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by Adi Alsaid and the Let’s Get Lost Buddies Street Team, to share stories about how we’ve seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we’re reading. We’ll share our posts online with the hashtag: #LetsAllGetLost. The idea is to share little ways in which you may have embraced Bree’s motto of seizing the Tuesday. To relate it to books, you can talk about what book you’re reading, and how you stole some moments from the day to enjoy reading. It doesn’t have to be about reading, but we all know that a well-read day is a day seized. The idea is not just to help spread the word on LGL, but also to remind people to live fully, even/especially if that means spending a part of your day reading.
So if you couldn’t tell from my blog picture, I don’t have any hair. None. There’s nothing there. No, I don’t have cancer. No, I’m not dying. No, I’m not going through chemo.
I have alopecia. Basically, something inside me thinks that my hair is a disease and makes it fall out. I don’t have any other symptoms…other than the no hair thing. It’s not life threatening. I just don’t have hair.
Today, at the library where I work, I had a really great conversation about it with someone. Usually, as you could probably imagine, people assume that I have cancer. They ask me what stage I have or if I’m going through chemo or what type of cancer I have, blah blah blah. I have NO problem with people asking me why I don’t have hair (there’s nothing wrong with being curious), but I really am not a fan of people assuming. In addition to assuming, some people can be really mean. I’m used to all of this though.
What I’m still not used to is the people who are nice, genuinely curious without being intrusive about it. That’s what happened today. I had a lovely woman come in and say, “Can I ask you something without you getting offended?” I, of course, knew exactly what she was going to ask and said, “You want to know why I don’t have hair?” She said yes, and I proceeded to tell her. What followed was a conversation about her husband shaving his head a few years ago and the amount of people assuming he had cancer. She said she knew right away that I didn’t because I don’t look sick. I was like, “YES! Exactly. Thank you.” We laughed, connected, had a nice chat, and then she left.
What might seem like a simple exchange to some of you was one of the best conversations I’ve had recently. I haven’t felt that comfortable, confident, and happy about a conversation about my head in a while. This lady, her husband, and I had a genuine connection over something that I can’t usually connect with other people about.
Seize the Tuesday, indeed.