Laying on my bed thinking how monotonous life has become. Wake up, go to office, lunch, office, home, sleep, wake up, and on repeat. ‘I need some color in my life’. Wait. Hold on. That’s how the idea pop up! Now i get it…

Just as this thought crossed my mind, beep beep, a message dropped into my phone. Which read, “Hi! You have **** credits in your so&so wallet. Visit us soon to redeem it”. Aha! What a timing.

Gush of excitement rushed through me and the first thing i did was book a cab. Speaking of cab’s, don’t you think they play a huge role in how your day starts? I mean lets say you are planning for a movie date with your friends, and your movie starts in the next 45 minutes. So you book your cab but the cab driver keeps asking you to cancel the trip because he ain’t nearby for the pickup #eventhoughheis10minsaway . But then again if you cancel, you have to pay the cancellation amount. Yeah i know you can redeem back the cancellation fee, but seriously how many more times can you do that right! Worst case is when you have cancelled several times already and the next cab driver asks you to cancel again, you say ‘nahi bhaiyaji aap mere location pe aa jayiye, nahi aana hai toh aap cancel kijiye’. And it ends up with neither he cancels the trip nor you and the chicken game is ON #andyourmoodisalreadyfuckedupbynow. You can’t book any other cab because the previous one hasn’t been cancelled yet. By this time your movie starts in another 10 minutes and the movie hall is about 20 minutes drive from your place. So what happens next?

Your mood is spoilt. Cab driver keeps cancelling on you. Friends keep calling you as the movie has started. And you dont feel like going anymore. Your excited movie mood has just gone down the drain. Also now all you want to do is find the annoying driver’s and give a nice scolding. #dream

Okay coming back to the cab that i ordered, reached my location within 6 minutes! This boosted up my mood even more. I grabbed my bag and ran towards the cab with a super excited mood and all i could think of was ‘i need some color in my life’. Like literally.

My usual hair salon that sent me the message earlier was about 25 minutes drive from my place. So on the way i googled “ideas for hair dye” and varieties popped up. I listed down the hair colors that i wore before, like henna powder check, black check, brown check, burgundy check, plum shade check, light blonde check, dark blonde check, which caught my attention ‘hey, grey!’ Sure why not. I made up my mind, i will dye my hair grey. Ok. Done.

“Hello madam, how may i help you”, said the receptionist. I go, “umm i want to change my hair look“. “Sure why not, but will you be willing to wait an hour as our hair stylist is out for home service. He will be back soon. By this time you can have a look at our catalogue and decide what you want”. “I want to dye my hair grey“, i replied immediately. The receptionist looked at me and asked if i am sure. Lol. I said yes i am sure. She asked the hair stylist over phone if grey shade is available and he replied ‘No’.

Arrgh! What a mood spoiler.

First i have to wait over an hour for the hair stylist, and second they dont have the color of my choice. So why wait. I said thanks and left.

As i come out of the elevator, i see a new salon in the opposite building. I go in, ask the hair stylist if they have grey shade and to my disappointment he replies ‘No’. As the salon was a new one i thought why not explore what they got for me. The hair stylist spread out varieties of hair colors they had in collection, and my eyes fell on this beautiful shiny shade named “magenta red“. It spelt red, but it looked maroon with a hint of pink. And it was bright!

This is it. I want this. Done.

My ‘i need some color in my life’ mood enlightened. I wanted a change so bad. I wanted something i have never done before, something out of my comfort zone. During the process i kept on telling myself “you are a working professional lady now and you are dyeing your hair super bright red”. Gulp. I am definitely gonna regret this, actually maybe i am already regretting it. But then again the #yolo angel resting on my left shoulder kept on bugging me saying “Do it, do it, do it. You should try new things out, you only live once”.

The #yolo angel was quite convincing you know, like i am on my early twenties, if not now then when. And also 20 years from now i can look back at my old pictures and say yeah thats me and yeah i did that and yeah it does kill your hair. Duh!

‘I am a Weasley’ thats what came to my mind when it was done. If you are a harry potter fan, you will get what i meant. I looked like a person out of an anime movie but with an ugly fat face. I had to look at myself closely and digest the latest fact that my head is blasting bright red. Wow. But you know what, i loved it !

Some of you reading this must be thinking whats the big deal i have done blue, green, copper, pink, purple, mint, orange, etcetera etcetera.

But for me it is a big deal. If possible my grandma would chop off my hair, my dad might not talk to me, my mom may emotional blackmail me to go back to looking normal #buwahaha #justsaying.

Until i turned 17; my hair, my skin, my clothes, my shoes and everything was my mommy’s. I did what she would tell me. I wouldnot even get my hair trimmed without asking her. A perfectly stubbornish obedient child. When i went to college and wanted my first chemical loaded hair dye, mommy said, “you are a grown up now, do as you wish but keep it to a certain limit ok” #ilovemymom. And now that i look like an apple, does is fall under the ‘keep it to a certain limit’ list or have i crossed the line?

I took a cab and returned back home and i see my friend answering the door with a super gigantic eyes wide open and saying “Opi ! Whaaatt”. I replied calmly, “just give it a few days and you will get used to it”. Wow. What a first reaction. Lets see what happens tomorrow in the office.

The thing is if it were a chill cool lifestyle office, i would have cared less. But it is not. My office has a serious vibe, where i hardly smile. My job is a risky business and i have a complete different personality when at office. Now think. Think how will i carry off that ‘different personality opiyung’ with a bright red hair. The combo doesnot fit.

I did show up in the morning with a low bun hairdo and added my glasses to it with the hope that i could nullify the red effect somehow. #howiwish. My bosses came in and spoke to me in a very normal way not even looking at my hair. No reaction at all. An hour of awkwardness and then they left. Phew! A sigh of relief. Its done. I can act normal starting tomorrow. But obviously they did notice it #helloitsabrightredhowcanyoumissit. You know what, I liked the no reaction though.

I returned back home from office feeling phew the day is done. I have faced the first day of awkwardness and from tomorrow i will be back to feeling normal. Yes!

Now the only concern is how my mom & dad will react. #letthescoldingstayprivateok #notsharing #prayforopiyung

Thank you for reading and keep visiting!

With much love, ~ O

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