Many years ago I asked a friend why he is marrying at such an early age (25). He retorted by asking, 'Have you seen my hair? I will not have any hair left in a few years and who will agree to marry me then?!'
From the days of Samson it's always been about the hair. If one day I happen to locate the Holy Grail but I lose all my hair in the process, I will wonder whether it was worthwhile.
Yes, putting on the pounds and having high cholesterol are also unpleasant side effects of the aging process for males. However, to me baldness just seems far more frightening than a beer belly.
It may be a fashion among some today to shave their heads, especially when their hair is thinning. But there can only be so many Yul Brynner look-alikes on the streets at any one time. I saw 'The King and I' recently and I don't look anything like Yul Brynner.
Most aging rock stars still have hair and they are a decade or so older than me. Yes, it's difficult to tell whether that is natural hair or not but maybe that's just the point. They have hair and it looks natural.
I guess they spend a fortune in maintaining their hair. Me, I know how expensive Regaine (think of it as viagra for the hair) is but I will give up eating one daily meal before I give up my daily dose of Regaine!
It is hair we are speaking off. At my age, each strand of hair is worth its weight in gold. When I see hair in the drain of my shower I don't think how untidy that is but, 'Oh my God, I'm losing so much hair!'
If writing is cathartic then I better just say it. I will go bald one day and acceptance is the only answer. There, I said it and I said it in bold!
Until that sad and mournful day, let there be no doubt that I will fight like a madman to retain my natural hair using whatever magic potions I can find.
As a postscript, have you ever wondered why there are so many articles written about Michael Jackson's nose(s)? The answer is simple. The focus is on Michael Jackson's nose because he had a full head of hair right until the end!