I believe that MEANINGFUL tattoos are beautiful.
whenever i'm out in town, especially during the summer, i can always tell when people are eyeing my tattoos. obviously, my back is much more noticeable, but it's all the same. some people look at them with interest, some with disgust, and some with mere curiosity. i've actually had a few people come up and ask me about them. [side note: my favorite was a drunk guy at a concert. he was so happy to find out what they meant.] i am always happy to answer people when they ask, and this is what i tell them.
it means "seize the day" when translated from Latin. it's not a literal translation, obviously, but it's the understood one. i wanted this tattoo since the 10th grade, and when i was finally on my way to get it a few days before my 19th birthday, i was ridiculously nervous, along with excited. i got it from this really gruff German man in West Point, MS who is known to be amazing for his tattoos. once i got there, guess what else i found out? he's a YOUTH PASTOR. a german, gruff, tattoo covered man who teaches teenagers about the endless love of God. i love Coon, who's real name is Robbie. and i'll never get a tattoo from anywhere else. in any case, i got this tattoo for two reasons-
// It's a reminder to me to live my life to the fullest. on days that i wake up feeling like no one cares about me, seeing it makes me get up and do something anyway. whenever i feel like life is crashing down, it's a reminder that my life has meaning, and that there is so much i can do if i just get up and do SOMETHING. anything. just get moving. people wouldn't be so depressed and down on life if they would just seize the opportunities that they're given. don't wanna go buy groceries today? do it anyways. you may get to help someone put groceries in their car, and you may make their day doing it. don't want to go on a family vacation? go anyways. you'll bond more with your family than you think, and what better reason to travel? it's free! i could go on and on and on, but that's the gist.
// I'm a Christian. i am a Bible believing, God loving, Jesus following 20 something year old girl. and i want everyone in the world to know him just as i do. more. better. so my tattoo is also a way for me to remember to take the opportunities that i'm given. random acts of kindness show God's love in a polite, neighborly way. listening to a friend when they're upset, however awful you may be with advice, is a way to show them God's love in an even better way. living my life in such a way that others ask me why i am the way i am is what i strive to do. because i will always answer with "because my God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. if we're all His children, then why should i be anything else but loving and kind to those around me?"
it does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
This tattoo is also for both others and myself. I am such a dreamer. I want to travel to ALL the countries and meet ALL the people and do ALL the things. If I could be a magazine editor, music producer, singer, IT girl, and donate ALL the money to charities around the world, I would. Half my time is spent doing, but the other half is definitely spent thinking about the future. This quote is from HP as well, and it’s a good daily reminder to myself. If I want something to happen, I have to actually go after it. If you want something HUGE to be a part of your life [or vice versa], you can’t just talk about it. If you do, you’re going to end up as a 90 year old rocking in a chair telling your grandchildren about all the things you wished you’d done with your life. And I choose not to do that. I choose to take action and be a part of the world. I choose to live my dreams. And I hope that whoever sees this tattoo will take that message to heart.
you shall love your crooked neighbor with all your crooked heart.
As most of you know, Looking for Alaska is my favorite book.
It's extremely near and dear to my heart, and this quote is used in it. It's originally from a poem called As I Walked Out One Evening by W. H. Auden. and, technically, the original quote doesn't have the "all" in it. That, I added. Because, to me, this quote means that no one should judge anyone else. We are all sinners, and even if you're not a Christian, we are still all people. We all have to live on this planet, and we all have to deal with one another. I believe that no one has the right to judge anyone else, because no one has been in anyone else's situation. I know that i can't see this tattoo everyday, but I hope that others do. And I hope that some are intelligent enough to understand what I mean by it. Love others as you love yourself. As God loves you.
This tattoo is both for other people and myself. If you know where it’s from just from hearing the word, we can probably be best friends from now until the end of time, so you should message me. But if not – it’s from Harry Potter. While I absolutely adore that series anyway, the message that just this one word gives is so important to me. There’s a point in the last book that Dumbledore is speaking to Snape about Lily, Harry’s mom. The short passage goes like this:
Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
“After all this time?”
“Always,” said Snape.
You’ll have to read the book to fully understand the context and why it’s so important, but it is basically Snape’s confession that he is still in love with Lily. Even though she didn’t choose him, even though her boyfriend [and later husband] bullied him, even though she’d been dead for many years, and even though he hated her son, he still loved her. He loved her enough to switch sides and give his loyalties to Dumbledore, in the hopes that he would keep her safe from Voldemort. He loved her more than I can even imagine loving someone, and that’s how I want my husband to love me and I him. Minus all the dark magic and death, of course. It’s a reminder not to settle with someone who doesn’t respect, love, and cherish me. Because there’s someone out there who would.
we read to know we are not alone.
I feel like this one is self explanatory. I read so so so much whenever I have the time. When I'm stressed out, it calms me down more than anything else. When I'm sad, I surround myself with characters and people who feel like friends. People going through the same things I am, or maybe people going through worse. And when I'm happy, I adventure through new worlds with these same characters that I attach myself to. I read for multitudes of reasons, but this one is such a great part of my life that I have to say it's the biggest one. I read to know I am not alone, no matter what I may be going through.
And I hope you do too.
I just think that tattoos are a beautiful way of telling people who you are. It’s a form of expression that I am all about. They’re conversation starters and reminders of better things. At least, if they’re not just colors on your skin while you were drunk at the beach with friends.
That’s a little bit different.
I would absolutely love to hear about any and all of your tattoos as well.
Be sure to leave me a comment. (: