At an event I recently attended, I met an actress who in her speech related how hard it was to pursue her dreams. Although she had extraordinary talent and great looks, there were so many obstacles in her way, including auditions with inevitable rejections and more auditions with rejections, that it all became too taxing. Exhausted and disheartened, she was going to abandon her extraordinary gift, her calling. She found herself fantasizing about leaving it all, becoming a waitress and shaving her head, though she doesn't know what the shaving of her head was all about.
So what does fantasizing about shaving one's head mean? Hair, after all, symbolizes power, potency and sexuality. When in the Bible Samson's hair was cut, he lost his power. When a newly ordained nun shaves her head, she is giving away her power as a woman in order to submit her life and her will to serving God. In some Hassidic sects the young bride shaves her head on her wedding night, giving away her allure and personal power in order to submit to the marital union.
Although the actress's fantasy provided needed relief from daily hardship and uncertain results, it was not without sorrow. Shaving her head symbolized giving away her most extraordinary and powerful asset, her very special gift, in exchange for a seemingly easy and simple life.
Fortunately for her and for us, she persevered. Today she is at the zenith of her professional life, enjoying her success fully with no regrets for living an exceptional life.
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