I got my first tattoo a couple weeks ago. I’m a little in love with it, to the point where I grin every time I look down at my wrist. That’s how it should be, as part of the entire purpose was to feel inspired and motivated each time I see it. I promised myself when I hit a certain sales mark (1,000 books sold across the shelf this year), I’d treat myself. It happened even sooner than I expected, and it’s a goal I’m proud to have accomplished.
Since I’ve had a few people ask about the meaning behind the tattoo, I thought I’d list them here.
- I’m a writer, both for fun and in my day job. That one’s obvious. My words and stories flow through my fingertips and it felt only appropriate the tattoo go on my wrist.
- Another specific reason for my wrist – those quotation marks around my veins are a reminder: I get one life to live, one story to tell, so I better make it count.
- I use air quotes a lot – now I’ve got the ink to back it up.
- I often think about things in real time as a story. I might see someone leave a room, for example, and think (just like this) “The woman left the room in a hurry” and then proceed to wonder why and what happens next. (People-watching is one of my favorite hobbies.)
- A reward for all my hard work over the years – this is a reminder of what I’ve done and how far I’ve come since starting this author adventure, of how much I’ve loved every minute of what I’ve earned.
- A reminder of what’s to come – motivation to continue working hard to put my stories out and provide readers an escape from reality, and of why I love doing what I do.
I think I finally understand now why people love getting tattoos. It’s truly something I did for ME and no one else, and I’m proud of the reasons why I have it. When I see it, I think about all those reasons above and it only increases my love for it. As a writer, these are important things for me to remember, and now that it’s permanently on my skin, the constant reminders will never go away – and that’s a great thing.