maus (smilingeye) wrote in get_up_dread_up,
maus
smilingeye
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another part of you

i was just reading through some of the memories of this journal.. kind of to "catch up" i guess on what happened before i joined as they suggested in the info page. i came across the memory "beautiful post" so i took the time to read through it plus the comments.

there were so many different opinions and perspectives said...everyone had something unique to share about how they felt about their dreads. so i decided since i missed it then, i'd like to post now..

i believe that having dreads is a connection that no other person will experience in their life time. they are a permanent thing that requires work which makes them one huge commitment, which in turn makes each one of us a stronger person.

i originally got dreads with my old roommate about 4 months ago now. we talked about how each of us wanted to get them one day, then the next thing i knew she was sitting in her room backcombing her hair. i sat next to her and started to backcomb mine as well..one thing led to another and here i am 4 months later with wonderful locks. to me it was a bonding experience with her.. we both committed to each others hair and our own. sadly, she took hers out two weeks ago. but i still feel the same about it as i did the day i got them.

people have posted many things about how they feel about their locks.. like.. they're another limb and so on.. i also feel that way. well, maybe not that they're another limb, but just that i feel more connected with them now then i ever have with my hair. they are a part of my personality, you know? i think i've grown since i've gotten them.. i'm more connected with my spirituality and person as a whole. everyone struggles with themselves at a certain point in their lifetime and i'm glad i have my dreads there to help me through it all. they really helped me define a portion of my personality. they're different with every person..as you all know. they put a statement out there saying "look at me, i chose to be like this and i'm happy" .. and it makes me happy that i can actually say that...as well as smile.

i know you're all posting things like "how do they look, should i cut them... i hate the way that they.." and so on.. yes. dreads can be a hassle. but each individual dread is different and unique. let them frolic and sway about and do their own thing. after all, they are your children.
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