Pics and an explanation after the cut.
I don't really tell a lot of people -why- I initially started my dreadlocks, and I don't believe I ever posted why here either, so here goes.
Just over 2 years ago, my mother passed away, I was 18 years old, turning 19 later on that year. I had just graduated high school, and was already in a weird stage of transition. My mother and I were not on speaking terms when she passed away, and her death was actually a shock to everyone who knew her. It was very sudden, and out of nowhere. I never really did find out a legitimate reason for why she passed, the doctors couldn't give one. That situation as a whole caused an enormous change in me. Thus, began the dreading process.
I started my dreads to help me cope with the loss of my mother. As I would change, mature, so would they. My dreads saw me change so much in the last 2 years. I am a completely different person. They had seen me at my best, and at my very very worst. They helped me learn to love myself, and accept who I am no matter what.
However, it was time for them to go. As much as I loved them, as vulnerable as I thought I would feel without them, I needed to cut them. They helped me so much, but they also held a lot of negativity with them and seriously began to weigh me down. I cried throughout the entire process of cutting them.
Starting my dreadlocks was one of the best decisions I could have ever made, and I don't regret a moment of it. I do plan on having them again, definitely.
For good measure, pictures of my girlfriend and I:
Thanks for everything GUDU, it was a fun ride. <3