So you lost your crowning glory. You now have a lot in common with bowling balls and snow globes. Your head is literally a mirror to the world. Face it: you’re bald.
In medicine, baldness is classified as a skin disorder. For an average human being with 100,000 hair follicles, he or she loses about 100 strands a day. Men who suffer from male pattern baldness lose more than that.
Many men who lose their hair begin to feel insecure about themselves, about looking at the mirror and counting out loud how many hairs they have left. Losing hair means losing masculinity, and pride. Some men even feel outright shame walking among people with a full head of hair.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Many famous people in history had everything in the world except hair: fame, fortune, things that many men with full heads of hair can only dream of.
Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, lost all his hair before turning 20. Sean Connery, the star of the early James Bond movies, exuded sexiness despite his baldness. Many sports icons are bald: men’s tennis champion Andre Agassi, basketball legend Michael Jordan, and professional wrestling superstar Steve Austin.
The history of the world was made possible by the efforts of bald people. Sir Winston Churchill, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, led his country in World War II. Former US President Dwight Eisenhower was also a bald man. In the former Soviet Union, two of their most famous leaders – both Vladimir Lenin and Nikita Khrushchev had shiny domes. India’s great leader, Mahatma Gandhi, is an icon for baldness. Some thinkers who shaped the way we view the world were bald: the philosopher Plato and the atomic physicist Enrico Fermi are among them. Many rich people are bald, like John Rockefeller and Warren Buffett.
Bald action stars exude the kind of machismo a bald man thinks he has lost including Nicholas Cage, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and Vin Diesel. In Star Wars, Master Yoda – a bald character – wielded a light saber and used the power of the Force just better than the characters with hair. Of course, there’s the icon of baldness himself, Homer Simpson. Homer celebrated everything about baldness and a couple of strands of hair on the top of his head to boot.
So yes, there’s nothing wrong with going bald. To these great bald men, hair is overrated. Maybe it’s time to say goodbye to ugly-looking comb-overs, odd-looking toupees, and hair-loss treatments that seem to not work. Who knows, you might be the next famous bald man to change the world.
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