I'm listening to John Irving's Until I Find You in the car, and one of things that fascinated me about Alice is that her father told her to wait until she was at least thirty to get a tattoo, that way she would know "the essentials" about herself, those things that will never change.
I got to thinking, and I was quite bothered by the fact that I can't think of anything I'd commit to for life. I feel like I'm always changing, as if that is the only constant I have.
If I weren't terrified of needles, what tattoos would I get? A stack of books? God, I'm boring. I believe in Belief and Faith and Openness and Understanding more than I believe in any one religion, so although I'm spiritual, I'm not sure I could commit to one way tattooed on my skin.
Perhaps I could list words that resonate with me, that inspire me, like Love, Compassion, Faith, Power, Belief, Duty, Destiny.
Perhaps I could tattoo the quote I live by:
May the Beauty We LoveWhat about you? What image or words would you be willing to commit to for life, on your skin? What would say who you are? What are your essentials?
Be What We Do
There Are Hundreds of Ways
To Kneel and Kiss the Ground.
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