I’m just going to say it. I have been losing an insane amount of hair in the past three weeks. I originally thought that it must have been connected to my rapid weight loss. I thought that it was because I wasn’t getting as much nutrients as I was when I was overweight. But after some research into my family history. I have the male pattern baldness in my genes passed on my mothers side of the family. I was shocked… still sorta shocked, but also relieved that it isn’t anything serious.
It’s funny because, I never knew my family had male pattern baldness until now. So I really had no time to prepare myself in this moment as I am 40 years old. My mother had 6 sisters. My mother never knew her father, he died in the Korean War, when my mother was really little, so it was possible that He never had signs of balding. Then after much conversation, we realized there are two cousins that are male, on my mothers side of the family, who are balding. Nice. I must say, though, I am relieved. I am happy to know that what I am going through is normal, and that I do not have any kind of health issue.
But, I feel a bit stressed, trying to imagine what I would like with little or no hair. I have always had thick dark hair, and now I am coming to the realization that most of it might be going away at some point in time. Trying to think about whether I should do the comb over or just shave the whole thing. It is too early to think about it, I just have to wait until it happens.
I don’t think about it during most of my day, except when I take a shower, then I just see on the drain this insane amount of hair that used to be on my head! It is bonkers how much hair is on the drain! It looks overwhelming to me. But that’s life right? The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away!
So now I have a new favorite Bible story. It is found in 2 Kings 2:23-24. “From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys.” It’s so wild that this story is in the Bible. Like out of nowhere, right?
Well honestly, modern translations to this story didn’t do the best job in translating this story correctly. The story sounds like 2 female bears just murdered 42 children. And then the moral of the story is what? Don’t make fun of bald people or respect your elders or else? Now modern translations say “boys” or “little children” but that might not be correct. I’ll have to explain in next week blog about this, because it involves A LOT of explaining and A LOT of background story. But for now, the moral of the story for me, is I hope to never call on a curse on anyone because of my baldness! But also happy to know that can be an option I may have at my disposal! Just kidding.
Luke 12:7 states that God knows the number of hairs on your head. But can God tell me, how many hairs will I have left? I guess I’ll find out later. I will have to come back to this blog when I turn 50 to find out!
Hey this is Rev. Brian Choi's random thought throughout my week. Most of this stuff, will probably be about family, church, fishing, music, movies, food, whatever I think of, hopefully it will have some sort of theological reflection (maybe).