Maybe the oldest new Dreader here.
Join anyway! Even if your hair's gone, your dreads will still be there in spirit.
Welcome, and glad you're making the step after after 30 years. I'm a 50s starter too. I don't smoke, though I used to, and still believe it's good medicine for those who use it that way. I don't have any family living close by and no one around has given me any negative comment about my dreads (at least not to my face - Lol!). Often I wonder why I didn't start them years ago? But I guess things happen for unique reasons and at the right time for everybody.
Welcome, Mars! Only a few days here and you have already kicked off a stimulating discussion. We have two tortoiseshell cats. Both temperamental ladies, they don't get on but find their own spots in the house. No bunnies, but people up the road have a black rabbit. I've seen it lollop across the road (it's a quiet one-way street) to forage on the opposite verge. We'd adopt more animals if we could afford to feed them all.
Welcome! We've all been, or are going through the messy stage, so I hope you find the support you need. Your dreads look fine. Over time you'll find them a great 'litmus test' to sort those who appreciate the real you from those who want you as THEY would like you to be. Good that you're sticking to your own choices. There's also groups here for people interested in psychic development.