2 days ago
traveling alone while being open about my alopecia for the first time has already been a learning experience. i’ve traveled alone several times in the past, but would always wear my wig in public. this week, i joined a small tour group and found myself second guessing myself - if i wear my wig the first day, then want to go bald the second day, i’ll feel nervous “coming out” to these strangers... if i show up bald the first day, is it weird if i suddenly have hair the second day? and so on.
what i’ve learned so far is that i really am the only one who cares. not that that diminishes the fear and anxiety that comes with these situations. but it’s amazing to see that it isn’t just my DC bubble that embraces who i am - there are people from scotland, china, south korea, nova scotia, germany, and around the world who welcome me and whatever hairstyle i choose to wear (or not wear) that day with open arms.
so much gratitude for this experience so far. and i still have over a week left 💛
first picture: right after washing my face in the river of eternal youth on the isle of skye (highly recommend visiting this isle!)
second picture: in front of Loch Ness! didn’t see any monster 🤷🏻♀️