Not about strength. Not about abstinence. Not about fitting a mold. Still one of the most misconstrued parts of punk. •
But y tho?
I’ve been Straightedge for 20 years (knowing what it was), and have never been drunk or high for my entire life. I first found out about Straightedge as a kid. The first show I went to was the first hardcore punk show I ever played. I played drums in a band in middle school. At this show, there was literature on vegetarianism/veganism, drug-free lifestyle, and zines about other hardcore bands. •
I was already way into punk, but this was the first involved thing I was a part of (or I felt a part of, on and off again). When I played this first show, I wanted more, and I dug in as deep as I could. Punk rock fascinates me. It always has, and still does today. I never stop digging. The roots, all the way up to now. I identified with Straightedge, because it spoke to who I already was. I didn’t have to change a damn thing. Not clothes, hair, attitude, mannerisms, or whatever. •
I already didn’t drink or do recreational drugs. That’s the way I am. I can’t afford to risk ruining shit, or not being in control at any time. My life could fall apart at any minute, and I cannot fuck around with that. No temptation whatsoever. •
It has NOTHING to do with abstinence from anything, diet of any kind, politics (POLITICS RUINED PUNK, IMO), or sex/celibacy. I love sex, I just don’t have it as often as I’d like (cuz few people want to do it with me, or I don’t wanna do it with them). It’s so misunderstood, yet I still identify with it. People think WAY to much into it, this thing made up by 2 kids in D.C. Even lots of those that are a part of it, or identify with it, don’t know what the fuck they’re doing, but that comes with every “culture”. •
I’m not “strong” for doing what I do. I just do what I do. No effort, strength, posturing, showboating, or any of that silly shit. As much as I share certain things about myself, I don’t give a damn if you can’t wrap your head around the idea of true freedom. •
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