There’s a saying that the information that you think is most private and of little use to others, is actually most useful to others!
So although it seems like our personal experiences and failures as regards family, relationships, career, business, aging, sex, health… are of little value to the rest of the world, in reality those very experiences could provide valuable insights to others in similar situations.
That’s perhaps why honest autobiographies are so inspiring and thought-provoking.
However one cannot always share such information, because of the possibility that it might have financial or legal implications or might hurt or embarrass loved ones. [ I am right now wondering what my 6 yr old son would think of this piece when he is a teenager (presuming he bothers to read it). Would he be embarrassed by his father’s blog about balding? I wonder…]
However we can choose to share information that primarily affects us and no one else. I suppose that’s why my detailed account of my knee surgury (2009) & rehab was well received and my IT Survivors (2004) article had received an overwhelming response.
What I am attempting below, is a far more personal account, of my march towards baldness (the ordeal of a balding man). I am 35 and I ‘like to think of myself’ as a fairly confident & moderately “successful” “young” man. I am not yet obviously bald but I am well on my way.
The reason I am writing this piece is because only when I started losing hair, did I realize how fragile my self esteem was, and how vulnerable I was to even a seemingly trivial thing like a receding hairline. I write this piece with the hope of refining my thoughts on the matter and maybe being of some use to others in a similar predicament.
I sported a soldier-cut till well into my teens, primarily because that was the only haircut considered “proper” in our house. However once I became more conscious about hair, I tried out most things possible with hair, from long, short, bald look, flowing beard, short moustache, curved moustache and more. I enjoyed tweaking my look (still do). So throughout college and later, hair loss was the last thing on my mind. Until… Continue reading Hair Today Gone Tomorrow. Dealing With Hair Loss & Balding