July 13th, 2013

Five Years Strong

Hey everyone!! I don't know if any of you remember me, I'm fairly sure my last post was well over a year ago, probably closer to two. I've genuinely missed this community, though.

I had my five year Dreadiversary back in April, and meant to do a timeline post then, but never really got around to it. I figured I'd do one now, just because. I'm hoping to be back more regularly, but I say that every time. Anyway, here goes-- and a warning, there isn't anything really NSFW in here, maybe a picture of my bare back, but it is quite image heavy.

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So, that's the story of how I got from there, to here.

I started my dreads a few months before I turned twenty. It was just after I'd broken up with an abusive, controlling, manipulative ex, and right around the time I moved back home and got my first "real" job and all that jazz. It was a really tumultuous time in my life, but it was also the time I've felt most free, and the first time I'd ever had confidence or really felt good about myself, how I looked, who I was.
Even more things have changed since. I'm turning 25 in just a little over a week. I'm in college, going into the best nursing program in the state, with a 4.0 GPA. I've lost around 175 lbs. My ears have gone from 3/4" to 1 1/4". Other piercings have come and gone. Tattoos have been added. I dated someone I thought I loved, and although we broke up, I learned that life really does go on. I rescued a beautiful, sweet, loving pit-bull mix who has become my favorite thing to come home to. I found the love of my life. I've learned lessons, I've taken responsibility, and I've grown up.
My dreads have been there through it all. They've gone from above my shoulders, to touching the bottom of my back, they've gone through different colors, decorations, styles. And although I'm sure that there will be some day when I'm sick of them and decide to get rid of them, right now, I can't imagine being without them.
Thank you all for the invaluable help and words of encouragement and praise. you guys are all incredible, and without you, I would have destroyed them with wax, combed them out, or cut them off. Here's to five more years.
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