“I’ve actually had six customers die since Thanksgiving, would you believe that? Five of them had heart attacks, so I find that really weird. When you’re a small business, and we’ve been here for more than 20 years, I guess that’s going to start happening.
Some of them are older, some of them aren’t, so [I’m] just helping their family. There’s many times I don’t charge, or if they’re housebound I go there. I think if you mentally feel better about yourself, you feel better in general. Do I leave their house in a better mood when I do a house call? For sure, and that’s the great thing about being a hairdresser, you have instant gratification. People leave feeling better and happier. I know that’s what I love about it.”
You may have heard Iggy’s quote, “Go, set the world on fire.” It seems like a tall order. But in her own small way, this hairdresser is setting the world on fire, one snip at a time. And just like her, we can do the same, using our gifts and talents to light a spark.
For more on how to set the world ablaze, check out Margaret Silf’s piece on discovering your passion, what this “set the world on fire” phrase means, and advice from a college senior on how to go forth into the world like St. Ignatius.