I often look back at events or periods in my life and wonder “what if?” Its funny as it was something, especially during my twenties, that I used to often openly profess I would never do, back then it was more of a “follow my heart and never look back” outlook.
Chatting to a friend the other day and admitting my current “what if” syndrome, he raised out an interesting point. Rather than the somewhat negative feelings I have been associating with the thought process, where a sense of regret or missed opportunity seems to be a prevalent outcome for me, I should rather consider that I’m now finally learning to look back and reflect, consider, learn, and ultimately make decisions from an approach of wisdom rather than perhaps impulse as might have been the case in my twenties.
With this renewed sense of positive outlook on many of my past actions and decisions, and evaluating on where many of them have resulted in outcomes which have molded my life today, I have considered many of my more important decisions. Amongst these many thoughts of late, my decision to embark on hair restoration is no doubt one of the more important decisions I have made over the past years, and it has undoubtedly left me in a circumstance today that is materially different from my past. The “what if?” applied to my hair restoration is in my mind as follows:
What if my restoration had not produced the hair growth I have experienced thus far? What if there had been complication, especially with the donor area, which could have left me permanently scarred? What if I had used a different company other than Bosley? What if I had not decided to get hair restoration at all?
What if I had not experienced the hair growth in the restored areas that I have thus far? On the one hand obviously it would be disappointing, perhaps frustrating that the time, effort and money was in part or completely wasted. Yet on the other hand, I would not really be any worse of than before I started however, so the downside would have been pretty much nothing, other than some wasted time and money.
What if I had experienced complications, either during the procedure or after, that had permanent long-term affects? Not a good thought – the thought of having my body in a worse off state than before, through an elective procedure, just feels like the overwhelming feeling could have been one of being irresponsible to my body and its wellbeing. Given that such complication could also have left visible scarring, the impact of that on my sense of self confidence and personal image would also be damaging I have no doubt. Quite simply, the thought of such an outcome for me makes my choice to have used Bosley very clear. Given the potential for any permanent adverse outcome of an elective procedure, it seems infinitely wise of me to have selected Bosley, the global industry leader with the most experience and successful procedure outcomes in hair restoration. Should I not have had a successful outcome, been left with permanent side affects, and have selected a less reputable organization, it seems the “what if?” would be one where life-long regret would be inevitable.
What if I had not had a hair restoration procedure at all? I guess one could suggest the old saying, “what you don’t know you don’t miss” might apply, but in my case I had the exposure to hair restoration and would undoubtedly have been left wondering what might have been. And the thought of spending my future years gazing at my widow’s peak, as opposed to my hairline and density, restored as it is today, well quite simply the “what if?” hardly takes a second to answer!