It’s official. Ready?
Wait for it….
Here it comes.
And……….Time for a new tattoo.
(Dear Mother, if you happen to read this, please refrain from freaking out.)
Before you even roll your eyes and go, Oh boy here is yet another tattoo addict, shhh. Yep. Totally just told you, a total stranger to shush.
I currently have one tattoo. A small star in black that I did myself when I was 16. Oh yes. All on my own. Needle and ink people, needle and ink. (ouch) That one small tattoo means more to me than most of my friends’ tattoos combined.
All these people getting tattoos that have no meaning to them, no personal story or reasoning [even if they say there is one]. They are getting them ” just because”. And putting it in a different language does not give it sudden meaning. Nice try. 😉 Once upon a time a tattoo told a story. There was a reason for it and most of the time, it really meant something to someone. A gang member’s loved would be gunned down and suddenly their portrait appeared in ink. Now it’s the newest fad/addiction and people get them because everyone else is and they feel like it. No. That’s not how it works. Well. I mean, not how it should work. Not like I’m your mom or anything.
“YOUR MOM GOES TO COLLEGE!” Kudos to whoever knows what movie that is from. (stop Googling you cheater!)
Back to tattoos.
Living away from my family and as an “independent adult”, I’ve had more revelations about anything and everything then I ever thought I’d be having. Big and small, I just see things so much clearer. I’ve realized things I’m shocked I didn’t see before and noticed things I never saw because I wasn’t looking in juuuuust the right way.
Now I am and it’s as if I’m breathing in air I’ve never tasted before. Rather freeing, I must say.
That brings me to the new tattoo that I will proceed to obtain in the near future! The other day I was really slammed in the face with the fact that how you think about things defines everything. Everything. It effects your attitude. Your attitude can effect your job. Your job strongly effects your life. Who wants to live life known as the bitter, cold-hearted complainer who never sees the light? Not. Me.
Mind over matter.
What you think and how you think effects everything.
And that will be my new tattoo.
A symbol of growing up and a reminder of all the little things I’ve learned along the way.
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, gifted-ness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
– Charles R. Swindoll