An awesome story David! I did try to grow my hair out long but I ran into issues. My hair is very weird. For one it takes a long time to grow out (I get a haircut maybe 3,4 times a year). It’s also thick to the point that the hairdresser mentions it to me every time I visit. And most importantly, my hair curls once it gets to a certain length. So not only does it get heavier on my head I’m also at risk of my hair stabbing me in the eye no matter how I part it. So I’m sticking to short hair for the foreseeable future, it suits me quite well.