Hello My fellow Blog Lovers and Supporters!
What a week! Snow, rain, sun – Mother Nature needs to make up her mind I tells ya!
Either way the irises are starting to come up in our front garden and the birds are singing once again. I LOVE this time of year. It reminds me of rebirth and how no matter what, you can always reinvent yourself and become what ever you have always wanted to become, as long as you focus and do the work necessary to achieve it.
It also makes me think about appearances – How what you see on the surface is not necessarily what is underneath, either in nature or in humanity.
I am going to let you in a bit of a secret – Not many of you may know this about me, but, I have tattoos and piercings. Quite a few to be exact and quite honestly it seems to be a surprise to most everyone I meet.
YOU have a Tattoo???? The emphasis on YOU in this common phrase that is directed towards me when it is revealed that I do indeed have tattoos, 4 in fact and soon to be more. You see I don’t fit the stereotypical “type” that would have a tattoo. I work a 9 to 5 job, dress relatively mainstream and have no motorcycle in sight. It really is puzzling that in today’s day and age we still have preconceived notions on how and what people should look and act like. Even though, tattoos and piercings really have become mainstream, I still run into this very same reaction each time it is revealed I have them.
The funniest encounter was at the very same shop I used to get my tattoos done at. I wanted to get a replacement jewelry for my nose piercing, so after I was done work I swung by the shop. Waited in the line, while not one but two clerks looked me up and down wondering why someone like me was in a place like this. They were new so they had never seen me before, finally one of them motioned with a smug, ‘what can we do for you?’ I mentioned that I wanted to replace my jewelry in my nose piercing. Still with a look of confusion on their faces they motioned to the jewelry that I could choose from. Just as I was looking at the choices, Terry the shop owner and my tattoo artist came walking out from the back, motioned to me to say hi and inquired if he could see how my last tattoo I just got done was healing. I lifted my pant leg to reveal my 1/4 leg memorial piece he had outlined for me. He replied, “looks good”. “thanks, I’ll make a follow up appointment while I am here so you can do the colouring.”
As I said all of this, I turned to the clerk behind the front counter and said, “Yeah this is my fourth one, Terry has done all of my tattoo work” “I’ll take this one.” I picked a nice nose stud” All with a big smile on my face. Well, the clerks mouth dropped and stumbled to say, “ah yeah, good choice, Jamie can replace it for you right away” I seriously had to chuckle to myself.
You have to understand, tattoos are not just a fad or art to me. No, each one signifies and represents a poignant turning point or event in my life. When I look at each one I am reminded of where I was and where I still need to evolve to in my life. One of the ones that is most memorable for me is my tribal butterfly tattoo. You see this tattoo is a cover up. A cover up of a spontaneous choice, a youthful misguide in judgement.
When I was 23 I decided on the nudging of a friend to get a tattoo; a Japanese character for truth. Because of my fear of pain I only wanted to get it very small, tiny in fact. Well, unbeknownst to me, over a small period of time this little character for truth turned into a distorted blob of black ink. My tattoo artist at the time did not inform me that your skin stretches over time and if the tattoo is too small it will distort. Here I was left with a smudge or mark to glorify my mistake in judgement.
Years later, when I had matured from a naive girl into a more knowledgeable and evolved woman I was able to signify this with my tribal butterfly tattoo. What better way to represent this personal growth then a beautiful, colourful piece of body art. This piece of art shows that a mistake does not have to define you, but it can open you up to an opportunity to grow, learn, evolve and blossom into the person you are meant to be.
Some choose to keep these pearls of wisdom internal, but I choose to externalize them on my body, showing them if I chose or keeping them close to my heart for only my eyes to see and experience.
To the outside world my butterfly is just that a butterfly, but to me it is my freedom, beauty, sexy growing mystique of being the woman I am and want to become.
Thank you once again for coming along on my blogging journey with me. Your support and appreciation does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. But, before we go, let me ask you this, have you ever been prejudged for something based on your appearance? What was it and how did you respond?
I am looking forward to your feedback!
Until next time,
Love & Light I send to you always,