My family is mostly conservative and has a pretty narrow mind about lifestyles. I, on the other hand, advocate for alternative lifestyles and question anything/everything I hear about. They believe everything they hear on TV... Its just very frustrating when you live in a house with no one who is like minded as yourself.
Yesterday me and my sister were swimming and she brought up my dreads. She basically went off saying how disgusting it is for someone to do with their "healthy hair". She was saying that dreads are dirty, unhealthy, and I will never get a real job with them, going on about split ends and how I can't trim my hair. So pretty much spewing off all the different misconceptions. I tried to explain and educate her but she is the type of person who wont listen or change her opinion. This really offended me.. and made me quite sad. I simply don't feel accepted by my family. I am considered a "paranoid hippy" to them. Soo as you could guess, I don't particularly enjoy being home very much. And then they complain that I am never home...well would you want to be around people who are constantly criticized? No, i'm sure they wouldn't like that.
I'm at a point in my life (19yrs) where I am beginning to make my own choices, and I just wish they could accept that. She thinks this a "phase" and I will want to comb them out after a year or something which isn't true at all. I plan to keep them for as long as possible, and the reason I am doing it in the first place is not for the look. I want dreads to be comfortable with my natural self because I have struggled with insecurities, I also want them for spiritual reasons.. They just don't understand where Im coming from or where I want to go.
All I can really do is stay true to myself. There is no pleasing others in this type of situation.
Im just so grateful and happy this site exists, so that I may have the support I need. It shows me that there are people who are like minded to me. Thank you all <33
updated by @nicole-schaefer: 11/11/15 10:57:15PM