Hal / Toronto / 02.03.16
When I was much younger, I was very slender and slight of build. As much as I tried to be on different teams, I was never picked. Too skinny, too short, and so on and so forth. This was a devastating thing to go through as a young teen and made me feel I wasn't good enough. I turned to other means to get a sense of belonging and yes, some adulation. What I turned to was a life of crime. Stealing, looting and fighting. These were a way for me to shine, through material goods, and to show how 'tough' or 'brave' I was, both mentally and physically. Fast forward to today and things have changed dramatically. I am a hair stylist these days, and at peace with myself. However, because of my occupation, the issue now is that I have to maintain some kind of physical regime to keep the body on point. I'm in the business of making people look good, so I better look good. But, my body is breaking down. The joints of my fingers ache, my knees hurt, my lower back is under stress everyday. I've resorted to wearing supportive shoes and use tools that are ergonomically correct, to help prolong my career. So if I was going to pinpoint the issues I have with my body, it's the constant work of keeping it healthy and operating properly!