i just cut off my dreads, yes yes freak out, but before you do, take something i have to say to heart. after three years of love and growth i have become such a different person and i didnt realize it until the moment that first beautiful lock fell to the floor. take a moment and think about what life experiences you have grown with while your dreads grew too. to me the whole "dreadlocks are a journey" thing is beyond true and you dont realize it until youseparateyourself from them. i grew into a wonderful human being and changed my life around from low life drug addict tosuccessfulcollege student in the course of those three years that my best friends grew. just remember that your dreadlocks are more than just a chincy fashion statement guys, think about the beautifulmetamorphosisthat your body and mind went through while those little buggers grew and locked and changed with you, not just as aseparatepart of your body, but a direct physical representation of your inner spirituality. the twists and turns of your life, and the twists and turns of your beautiful dreadlocks. i hope that somewhere in this paragraph i help someone truly understand what it means when they say dreadlocks are a journey. because they truly are.
and as i took thescissorsto my head i began to weep tears of joy because, even though i knew they were gone forever i knew that the lessons, patience,love, caring, kindness and most of all fluidity. didnt leave me, in fact iembodiedthem even more so now that the cycle has come to itsentirety when it was said and done and i looked on the ground at what seemed to be the ruins of the greatest thing i have ever done for myself, i didnt see ruins at all, in fact i saw every singlepieceoftutelagethat was there, and i literally picked up every single lock and hugged them. they were my best friends in triumph and failure and in all things good and bad, never did they once judge who i was but remained a silent partner in suffering and in joy. and the thing is, the most comforting fact i can think of in this case is the fact that if i ever need to go on a long journey to satisfy an inner question i can just stop and let nature take its course and those locks too will carry these things, but at the same time i know that that knew set that i someday may grow, will have their own lessons to teach me and their own story and journey to be had. and with that i say the final effigy of my beloved friends, goodbye and stay classy
Tyler John Rakowski
updated by @tyler-rakowski: 10/29/18 10:38:26PM