Digger (digzmania) wrote,

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Why Thank You! QOTD: (Answer for question 4597)

What is the best or most memorable compliment that you’ve ever received? Who was it from, and why did it mean so much to you?
I'm not a person that typically takes compliments well. I guess I get self conscious or embarrassed, or based upon past experiences shrug off the compliments because I'm afraid that the person giving them has ulterior motives behind giving the compliment to begin with.

So, with that said, I don't have a lot of recollection of what my most memorable compliment received would be. I get a lot of "thank you's" for a job well done, or for the many ways that I try to help those around me. But I don't recall specific memorable compliments on the scale that I believe this QOTD is asking for.

I can share one of my most recent compliments. I've been getting a lot of compliments, and admiration, from ladies on my hair. I know, that sounds pretty vain. But I'm not one of those guys that is really good looking or handsome. I'm not athletically built, and am quite self conscious about how much weight I have put on in recent years. I am typically not the kind of guy that would get admiration and compliments from ladies on my looks.

So the fact that so many women go out of their way, on a regular basis, to compliment my long hair... It really means A LOT to me.
Some ladies even tell me that they are jealous of how long and healthy my hair looks. That makes me feel really good, because I do make the effort to make sure I keep it looking good. In fact, I just recently had about 2 inches of dead, split, ends cut off; and that length was the last of the layers that were in my hair.

It has literally taken me 3 years and 9 months to FINALLY get my hair back to the length and health that it was before I cut it all off in SEP 2011. It has not been easy, and there have been many times I've thought I would never get my hair back the way it was. In fact, it's actually BETTER than it was, because I have resisted doing anything that would damage it, or alter my natural hair color.

As I get older, it has gotten much more difficult, and taken much longer, to reach the hair length that I prefer on myself; after each time I have cut it. When I was almost 30 years old, it only took a little over 2 years to reach this length (with all layers even and healthy), in 2011 it had taken me right about 3 years. Now, at age 45 (next month) it took me almost 4 full years to get my hair back to the way I like it. = No layers, all one length all the way around, no broken or split hairs, and actually looking thick and good.

So, when I get compliments on my hair from women (and occasionally even men) that I know, or even from total strangers, it really means a lot to me. My long hair is literally the one and only physical feature about myself that I can honestly say I am pleased with, and proud of. It's definitely the only one I ever get compliments and attention about; so yeah, those moments are very memorable. Those are some of the only moments when I still feel attractive in any way to the opposite sex, or when I have a positive self image.

Like I said, maybe a bit vain; but when it's all you got, you cherish it. It's also why one of my biggest fears in life would be if my hair started falling out, and I started going bald.
Tags: digzmania, hair, hair fetish, long hair, me, personal care, personality, q&a, qotd, self description, self respect, writer's block
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