I really like Louis CK. He is by far my favorite comedian right now. But, beyond being a great comic, I respect him for another thing. The guy just seems to be comfortable in his own skin. I envy that a bit.
Now, don’t take that as I am down on myself or suffer from a horrible self image, I don’t. It is just that aging sucks and some parts of aging are harder to deal with, at least at first.
I see life as a series of mini-freakouts, or crisis, if you will. Each crisis period is followed by living your life until the next. I know that may sound dark, but I don’t mean it that way. As I said yesterday, shit happens, and it is those happenings that form the mini-freakouts.
When most people think life crisis, the first thing that pops into their head is the, “Mid-Life Crisis.” That is only one of the many you will encounter. But since most of the other crisis points don’t involve red sportscars, divorce, and a new trophy wife, they tend to be pushed to the back of the mind or forgotten completely. No pain is more glamorous and celebrated like the mid-life crisis pain.
So, by now you are probably wondering what the hell this has to do with Louis CK, right? Well, he is follicularly challenged. (Yeah, follicularly is probably not really a word, at least according to spellcheck, but I am going with it. By the way, spellcheck without a space also comes up as wrong, I still go with it as well) I mean, he has a pretty good start on a receding hairline. But that does not seem to bother him one bit, at least now. I figure one of the mini-crisis periods all men face is the realization that the dome is starting to show through more and more.
That is where I am right now. Not bald, not by a long shot. But I definitely am thinning. I figure it bothers me as i now have to wrap my head around the change. I look at the guy that played George Costanza on Seinfeld, he seems alright with his crown, but looking at his rate of decay, he has probably been living with it longer.
Another great thing about this particular mini-crisis is the new phrases you get to learn. Phrases like taking the weight off. Not weight as in losing some tubiness, but weight as in thinning hair on the sides of the head to make everything appear normal. The cruel joke is that the sides deplete at a slower rate compared to the top. Thus, if you do not want to have a freakishly flat looking top to your hair, you have to thin the sides.
Oh well, aging sucks. I am sure I will get more comfortable as I get older and live with the thinning a while. I guess the biggest drag is the realization that I am about to turn that corner. Hey, at least I am still going strong.
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