I started thinking about a tattoo back in December, during a pretty dark time. I was so upset and frustrated with all things infertility - and one of the ways I took solace was the open letter I wrote about being a warrior. (If you haven't read that post you really should).
The word warrior kept resonating with me. I wanted something to physically take back my body - to make it mine again after being betrayed by it for years. I started thinking about a tattoo - and the word warrior kept re-surfacing.
Words are my thing. After giving it some time (I didn't want this to be an emotional or hasty decision), I knew I wanted the word warrior to be represented in my tattoo - but I didn't want the word in English. I thought a symbol would be tasteful and when I started thinking about other languages I decided on Sanskrit - the language of yoga.
|Signing the consent form|
Last but not least, I had to decide where on my body I wanted this tattoo. The verdict? Inside of my right ankle. Surprisingly, this was the easiest part of the decision. I wanted it to be small, somewhere that wouldn't be too obvious, but where I could look down and see it. The contrast of the strength of the symbol with the delicate placement on my body made me love it even more. I emailed a few people who have experience with getting tattoos and took all their suggestions into consideration, but once I decided what I wanted to get, that was that.
I took a recommendation from my sister about where to get my tattoo, and I couldn't have been happier. My artist was nice, easy to talk to, and incredibly talented.
Full disclosure: IT HURT.
I got my tattoo on top of my ankle bone so there wasn't a lot of flesh to absorb the pain. It wasn't unbearable, but normally if I were doing something that hurt I would stop or shake it to take the stinging away, but I couldn't do that in this situation. So I stared out the window, squeezed Ben's hand, took deep breaths (yoga breathing FTW), and listened to the conversations Ben and my sister (Jen), were having to distract me.
|I love this picture. You can kind of see the face I'm making in the mirror, but I love how focused Ben is.|
And then...there it was.
I've had people say they're happy I like it, but tattoos are not their thing. That's fine. Tattoos are not really my thing. But this is. It's perfect. I love it, and I don't need anyone else too. And during yoga, every time I'm in down dog, and see it, I get a huge grin on my face.
People have told me tattoos are addicting and asked me if I'm ready for another one. I won't say it will never happen, (I never thought I would get a tattoo to begin with), but this was so meaningful and specific, it's hard for me to imagine having that again.
I've always said if you have a tattoo you're a badass. Now I am officially in the club.
Do you have any tattoos? Were you surprised you got them or is it something you always wanted?