Author: William Pierce Lusk | Title: Growth | University Media Quarterly: Issue 2. | December, 2018. | University Media



“Three years ago, I could’ve never imagined how long my hair could grow. And three years ago, I could’ve never imagined the person I’d become. Despite all of my manic-depression, suicidal tendencies, ups and downs, despite all my failures and successes, I have become someone I never even imagined I could’ve possibly become. All I ever wanted to be as a child was a Zen monk, a Christ-like figure, someone who detached themselves from the vain, materialistic, surface-level, bull-shit, society everyone else called “normal.” And you know what…growing my hair out, regardless of how superficial and mundane it is, has shown me that I can do anything I set my mind to. And for months now, I’ve had people tell me, “Cut it, cut it, just cut it all off.” But tonight I realized something; I realized that my hair is a
symbol, a metaphor, to my internal self, my soul: I can become anything I want.”


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