Let me start off this post with a note to my parents: No, I didn’t go get a tattoo without telling you.
I’m fascinated by tattoos, but I don’t think I would ever actually get one. Nothing against tattoos at all – it’s just that for someone like me, who has trouble putting stickers on her laptop without thinking it over for approximately 3 years, the idea of getting something permanently inked into my skin is kinda terrifying. I have so much respect for people who have the commitment to get tattoos, but I’ll stick with wristbands and pins, thanks.
Still, sometimes I wonder if I absolutely had to get a tattoo, what would I get? What’s something that’s so important to me that I would want it with me for the rest of my life? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and I’ve decided to compile it in a “tattoo wishlist” – one I’ll never act on, but a wishlist nonetheless.
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As you may or may not know, Project Semicolon is a nonprofit that was created to provide support for people who struggle with mental health issues. As they put it, the semicolon is a symbol for pushing forward: “You are the author and the sentence is your life. You are choosing to continue.”
“Arise and be all that you dreamed”
These are lyrics from “Arise” by Flyleaf, and while it’s not my favorite Flyleaf song, this line inspires me. It feels like someone calling out to you, beckoning you forward, and I love that image.
“Living the impossible”
These are also song lyrics, this time inspired by “Impossible” by Lacey Sturm. This is a song that’s been encouraging to me in a number of ways, but mainly because it reminds me of the beauty of each day – what are the odds that I would get to have today? As the song says, every morning really is another miracle.
A book of some kind
It’s no secret around here that I love books, so I think a reading-related tattoo would be fitting. Also, even though it’s not a book, I do also like the “bibliophile” tattoo.
I really like this design that’s shaped like a pen nib, since it calls to mind the idea of “the pen is mightier than the sword.” But anyway, since I’m a writer and all, I think it would make sense to have a writing tattoo.
“Hold fast to the hope of another day”
Another song (sensing a pattern yet?), “Meaningless Names” by Phinehas. I included this song in my Sophomore Year Soundtrack, mainly because I found this line very encouraging. I actually have it on a card on my poster wall, since it always seems to motivate me to keep going.
Some lyrics from “Oh The Depths” by Wolves At The Gate
Look, there are just a lot of awesome lyrics in this song, and I can’t decide which ones would make the best tattoo. I’m torn between “The Father of grace and mercy has poured out His wrath completely” and “There is love! Here is love! This is love! There is love!” because they’re both just such powerful lines. I think either way, I’d want to incorporate the words with a cross design, as much of a Christian cliche as that is. Considering the song speaks pretty explicitly about salvation, I think it would be fitting to pair with the lyrics.
I’ve seen a lot of Legend of Zelda tattoos in my life, and a lot of them are pretty awesome. Considering the video game series is one of my favorites, I think I’d be okay with getting a Triforce tattoo, but I’d want something small . Some are really over the top, but I prefer the simpler designs.
“What is the story my life will tell?”
Alright, I think this blog post just turned into me talking about my favorite song lyrics, but anyway…
This is a line from “Live It Well” by Memphis May Fire, and as I talked about in my Freshman Year Soundtrack post, the narrator is reflecting on how their life will impact others. I think it’s a good reminder to always live your life in a way that people will remember you fondly after you’re gone. Plus, it talks about stories, which goes along with the writer part of me, too.