Too old for dreads??????
I decided to grow dreads about 6 years ago. Now I'm 55 and actually had it done. Only one person commented: "Don't, you're too old!", others said: "Hey, you're wearing them 1 month only, and it seems as you're had 'em all your life." The down side - for others, that is - that some refuse to speak to me any more, since I'm dreadfully loaded. My wife started wearing dreads when she was about 50. She had the craziest remarks, generally negative. Some people even don't talk to her any more. But you know what the most beautiful thing of all is: you get to know your friends very fast. I've noticed that some of them are dreadlockers in hiding, but they don't know it yet.
To bring my point across: follow your heart's advise. Close your eyes, take the plunge and let it happen. You always land on your feet (well, that's what I have experienced the past ten years). I recently had to face about 400 men - and few women - over the past few months, exposing my dreads to them. I'm not saying I didn't care, because I do, but I did it anyway, because dreads is what I wanted. It's their opinion on something which just is. One of the agreements of "The four agreements" of Miguel Ruiz is: "Don't take anything personal."
Dive in...and enjoy yourself.