Even small victories deserve a reward. Whether that means a five minute meditation or having that slice of chocolate fudge cake, it's important to treat yourself every now and then. It's the little things in life, right?
For one Wisconsin woman, her victory was getting out of bed. That might not seem like anything special. A lot of people, probably unwillingly, get out of bed in the morning and start their days. But for this woman suffering from depression, finding the strength to get out of bed in the morning wasn't always possible.
On a good day, she headed to Ulta, a beauty supply chain. As she perused the aisles, adding products to her cart, she caught the attention of one of the workers, a woman named Kate Langman. Little did the employee know, this woman was about to make a heartbreaking confession.
"I saw this woman pulling every product off the 'All Soft' Redken line," Langman wrote on a now-viral Love What Matters post. "When I asked her if she needed any help, she began to tell me her story. A very long story short, this women suffered with a very deep depression. She couldn't get out of her bed for 6 months."
Stuck in bed for months, the depressed woman had tied her hair in a bun and neglected it. "The bun was so matted that it felt like she literally had rocks on the back of her head." Langman, who works at the hair salon inside Ulta, convinced the woman to come back the next day for a proper hair appointment. The woman agreed.
But the next day she never showed. She called two weeks later to book another appointment only to miss it, again. "At this point I figured she wasn't going to ever end up coming in. It actually, kind of, broke my heart. I wanted to help her so much."
Then, out of the blue, the woman walked into the salon, asking if she could get her hair done. Langman readily accepted, knowing what a task lie before her. "I wanted her to know how hard I was going to try to make her feel great again."
Langman asked the woman how she wanted her hair, and after some back-and-forth, they both settled in. For 8-and-a-half hours, Langman combed, colored, and cut the woman's hair. And the whole time, she kept telling herself to persevere. "All of this time, I'm just telling myself to keep going--that this is going to be all so worth it."
"By the end of this service, I could see the sparkle in her eyes and I could see her cheeks get rosy pink from the excitement of not only being able to run her fingers through her hair again, but she felt herself again. I changed someone's life today and I'll never ever forget it," she wrote.
Recovering from depression is a long journey, but her new hair might have reminded her of her old self. Perhaps this one small change has continued to build her courage and inspired her to fight the disease even harder.
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