Tattoo or nah?

My thoughts on tattoos have evolved in my recent adult years. I used to think ew, that's just a trendy tattoo. But then I grew up and realized I don't give a crap what people have on their bodies, because it's THEIR body. I am intrigued by the idea of a tattoo. And I finally feel confident enough that I don't give a hoot what anyone else thinks.

Then I started thinking, what would I want on my body?

I've done a lot of things in my life I'm fairly proud of. I did the college thing, then the graduate school thing, I have my own place, I've (somehow) sustained my career, I just bought a new car for the first time. These are things I've had to work hard at, on my own, to accomplish.

But nothing was as hard as turning my life around and getting in shape. And nothing ever felt so good. Sometimes, I get caught in cycles of pouring over old photos of myself. Which leads to oh wow, I can't believe I ever looked like that. I feel the same in a lot of ways, but I certainly look different.

It wasn't just an outward change, it was a whole life change. And it feels pretty good to say I've accomplished something like that. I'm proud of it. That lead me to what it is that I'd want to get tattooed on my body. Please see Figure 1, the main image on my blog. That's my tattoo inspiration. Change!

Like I said, I used to think tattoos were unnecessary. Truth be told I used to judge people who had a lot of tattoos, thinking I could immediately decide what type of person they are by simply looking at their tattoo(s). HA! Silly me. Who the hell did I think I was? People get tattoos for their own reasons. Are my reasons enough?

Naturally, I made a list to help me decide: tattoo or nah?

Pros: I SHOULD get a tattoo because....

  • I'm an independent lady, and I do what I want
  • Tattoos are symbolic
  • I am proud of my life change, this makes it permanent
  • My brother got one (or 6) and nobody shunned him

Cons: aka reasons why I'm scared.

  • It's on my body forever....which is a little scary
  • It will look weird when I'm old
  • My mom will hate it

Look at that! Pros outweigh the cons! Stay tuned!


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