In some disciplines, the color gray is associated with change and uncertainty. Sounds like going gray, doesn’t it? But other discourses have their own, more confident, interpretations of the color gray.
For those of you in the process, you know one common interpretation of the color gray already: transitioning. While transitioning to a full head of gray hair is often the most challenging part of going gray, this symbol is actually about smooth transitions and making life easier. Think of it this way: would you rather transition with temporary skunk hair and salt-and-pepper hair, or would you be partial to a blunt black-and-white-striped zebra look? (Edgy, sure, but it’s probably not a practical everyday look for most.)
Along that same line of thought is the idea that gray represents balance. Visually, it plays middleman to black and white. (Maybe that’s why some Native American cultures consider gray to be a symbol of friendship.) There’s a reason we say “Gray is the New Black.” Gray looks great next to many other colors. (If you haven’t read it before, check out our blog post “What to Wear with Your Gray Hair.”) Gray is the wise voice of reason in a sea of clashing colors.
Life is rarely black and white. Most of the time, life is some shade of gray. After all, it’s only natural.