It has been three weeks. Three weeks since I went to see my sister for a few days. Three weeks since she twisted up my hair so that I could begin my journey of growing out my locs. Three weeks since I made a decision based on my internal balance in order to affect my external motions that lock into the fluid evolution of those I interact with. It has also been three weeks since I had a cigarette.
It’s interesting how it worked out, though. We lay these wonderful plans with moments in our lives, hoping to make a powerful statement. Then the Universe intervenes “NOPE! This is how it’s going to be done.” My plan was to do it on 10 November. That is the Marine Corps birthday. For those of you don’t know me, I did five years in the USMC and I wanted to wrap this moment along with my shedding of those ideologies that represent a huge period of my life that extends to before my enlistment. However, the Infinite One had other plans.
The lady I had gotten into contact with to begin my locs was not available on that day. This led me to think about how I was going to do this while I was on my way to see my sister. When i got there I asked her if she could do it for me. She was happy to do so and on the evening of the 17th of October, a Queen of my bloodline wielded the magic of our Ancestors and shaped my roots into the form of my crown. I don’t think I have to explain the significance of such things. I’m not even sure what it means. I am sure that one day I will find out. As for now, I take this gift of the Universe and go about my life with renewed vigor and a different perspective.
Now that we’re on the topic of perspective, I see myself differently. My daily routine has a slightly different quality to them now that I have externally expressed an inner sensation. For example, capoeira is reaching a little deeper. For the last three weeks, I have been conditioning my body in preparation for the batizado at the end of February (I’ve also been trying to figure out how to take folklore classes to condition my jogo with Ayiti’s aesthetic). I have been growing in this art form as I have been growing in my life. I am embarking on another level of this journey and the sensation of it has changed. The colors of my life have shifted, the angle of the light hits the sundial at another position and the maturation of my spirit continues.