Reagan was president. Pop culture in America was so saccharin “Girls just want to have fun”. I tried so hard to fit into a world I felt I didn’t belong in. I borrowed my big sister’s trendy cloths and tried to run with her crowd. Didn’t work. So I immersed myself in my art and photography, but I still felt lost. I shaved my head into a mohawk and pierced my nose in rebellion. I bought some steel-toed combat boots at Good-Will. And then my bff took me to a Black Flag concert in Gainesville. I found my tribe. And suddenly it became all about the music. Everything in the 80s was about feeling good. But I, like so many other kids felt so bad. 😒


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