We used to only get our news from the newspaper or on TV. It was a culture any story that was relevant one day was already “yesterday’s news” a day later. TV-stations had something to talk about for 24 hours and then it was another topic the next day to entice the viewers to stay.
There are exceptions to this rule: any natural disaster or national tragedy. I remember that as a high schooler, for almost three straight weeks post-9/11, the news was all about the tragedy and how America will heal.
Well, a 24-hour news cycle is yesterday’s news.
In a world of Twitter, where news is legitimately coming out every second, 24 hours seems like an eternity. There are some journalists who work very long and hard on different stories, but when it comes to any actual breaking news, which usually comes with the hashtag #BreakingNews, stories are broken and updated throughout the day.
Three weeks ago, I decided to create my WordPress and be more active on my LinkedIn. I was very active on it for the first week or so, but then I always found reasons to not write, post, or work on the website. In the age of social media, the longer you don’t post, the more you become irrelevant.
Now people might go “Oh, well, I don’t post that often, so when I do, it’s really important.” That might work on Facebook, where you’re not going to see every single one of your contact’s posts as it is. The infrequent Facebook posters usually will post about engagements, weddings, or births.
If you’re on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or even your own website and you’re not updating on a semi-consistent basis, you’re going to get lost in the internet abyss.
I’m here to say that I’m back and want to make sure you know it. I will definitely try and post SOMETHING once every other day.
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I realized that it’s okay to be both when it comes to worrying about your future. There are ways to monetize your craft and then turn around to donate said money.
For three years, I ended up growing my hair.
I went from shaving it on December 31, 2015 and not getting another real haircut for almost three years. THREE YEARS!
So let me get back to the title: “It’s Okay To Be Selfish and Selfless”.
After a year and a half growing my hair – which was at approximately 10 inches from my scalp – I decided the best thing to do was to grow it out to to the required length and donate it. I knew there were people who were fighting cancer and losing their hair due to the treatments. While fighting cancer, these families are also in the financial struggle of their lives.
Pantene, who does not charge for their wigs, was only accepting donations through December 31, 2018, so I knew time was of the essence when it came to wanting to get my hair cut, donate it, and get it shipped in time.
I previously had joked with friends and said I would Facebook Live it, which I had never done to that point. Turning down the Facebook Live request, I thought that I would just want to get as much video as possible of the occasion. When I got to the salon, the manager said she’d take the video for me.
So she took one angle and I got the other.
I’ve been wanting to build my Final Cut Pro X skills, while also doing some good in donating my hair.
What better way than to make a video about my donation?
Take a look and enjoy the video! I am open to feedback, so please send some if you have any.
Editor’s note: I know the first part of the video isn’t 100% clear, but I wasn’t sure how to fix that.