This week, as I was thought about what to write about here, I thought about at the cities I was just in, the people I spent time with, the places I’d seen. I looked through recent photos, I checked my calendar to jog my memory, and I looked around the hotel room I was in. I was coming up blank on ideas and knew there had to be something I just wasn’t remembering. Then I looked down, and right there on my arm was my inspiration. As I looked at my tattoo, I recalled what I intended it to mean to me and how appropriate it is in my current circumstances. And I realized how happy I am that I get to carry around little muses and permanent reminders in art form right on my person.
Each of my tattoos has a specific message behind it I wanted to always remember. One reminds me to “shoot for the stars,” another tells me to pick up my pen and write when I need a weapon. My third is my heart on my sleeve, reminding me it’s okay to be vulnerable and put my heart out there. These past weeks, so many questions have been on my mind and I’ve wanted guidance; interestingly, my tattoos have the messages I wanted to guide myself with.
Yes, when I planned out the pieces with my tattoo artist, I wanted the messages to mean something to me then and in the future. But never in looking forward can you know the feelings you’ll have or the situations you’ll be in. Remembering what I wanted to tell myself years ago was like having a guardian angel of me floating above and saying, “It’s ok. Just remember this.” And taking in the tattoo messages with present eyes made the reminders relevant in a new way.
I hope you all have reminders from your most positive and true self to yourself to keep you on your track. Even if they’re not tattoos, reflecting on notes in a diary, artwork that means something to you, or anything that you find meaning in can help you keep things in perspective. May the artwork and messages around you be inspiring reminders you can keep interpreting as the days and where you are change.
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