On the way to my nursing class last week, I stood at the bus stop watching a young man bent over, emptying out his insides onto the ground. His painful episode made my stomach turn and I was forced to entertain the thought of whether I was cut out for a career in nursing. “If I can’t handle this, am I really going to be able to help sick people?”
An elderly lady across the street was also watching the man grasp for air. From her bus stop she yelled, “Young man, would you like a bottle of water?!” He responded faintly, “No….” but I could see a “Yes please,” behind his glossy red eyes and sweaty forehead. What I did next came without thinking and later surprised me “Ma’am I will give it to him anyway,” I yelled back across the street. Before I knew it, I was holding up traffic on one side and the kind lady’s bus on the other. I grabbed the water, gave the bus driver a thank you wave, ran back across the street and passed the water on to the young man. He said thank you and slowly walked off.
I didn’t make it to class that evening. Instead, I walked back home with a nervous, upset stomach, trying to make sense of what happened and feeling doubtful about my choice to change careers. I laid down to take a nap and I woke up about 20 minutes later to a soft voice that said “You will be ready.”
Transitioning and change is not easy. My Aunt Bridgette told me a long time ago, “Anything worth having is worth working hard for.” The journey to natural hair is a life changing experience that is worth enduring. Miix Mii shares their insight on how patience and embracing our locs can make the transition to natural, healthy hair a reality. It’s ain’t easy but it’s worth it. Happy transitioning!