12 August 2014

The Mountains are Calling...

  "I will lift up my eyes 
           to the mountains  
                    from where shall my help come?"     
   ~Psalm 120:1

The mountains are calling, and I must go.... but in this case, right into a tattoo shop....

The mountains remind me of home. They have also been a source of inspiration and healing for me, especially this past year, so for the past few months it's been on my heart to commemorate that with a tattoo. 

I thought about getting it before I left for New Zealand, but I was so busy running around, seeing people, packing, dancing in Greek festivals, etc., and it just didn't feel like the right time to do it. So I figured I would just come home from studying abroad and get it sometime early next year, but I couldn't stop thinking about it. 

So on a sunny Tuesday afternoon a couple weeks ago, I walked into a local tattoo shop by myself. I went with a photo in hand and a concept in mind. I intended to get a quote, maybe have the artist sketch something up, and then schedule an appointment to get it done later. But when he asked me if I wanted to get it done that afternoon...I paused for only two or three seconds before I responded, "Why not? Let's do it!" 

It was one of the most impulsive things I have ever done, and it was fantastic.

At the same time, though, I've known for a while that this is what I wanted to do--I just wasn't expecting it to happen in New Zealand! Also, for the record, my mom knew I wanted to get a mountain tattoo...but she wasn't expecting it to happen in NZ, either. Once she gave me the wise suggestion of waiting until I was 23 to get a tattoo--which is really smart! But I couldn't be that patient. ;)

I know some people do not approve of tattoos, and I understand and respect that. I admit my tattoo probably won't look very pretty when I'm seventy years old (but by then I probably won't care). And I'm pretty sure the Orthodox Church doesn't approve of tattoos, either... But when I made my decision I knowingly accepted these risks, and I have had no regrets.

"We never grow tired of each other, the mountain and I." ~Li Po

I absolutely love love love my tattoo. After using coconut oil on it for the past two weeks, it's almost entirely healed up. By the way, for anyone considering a tattoo, I wholeheartedly recommend using coconut oil on it. It has anti-bacterial properties, is more moisturising than baby lotion, and my skin was only the least bit itchy! 

1 comment:

  1. I am so happy to see you seeking the dear soul within you. Seeing your strengths, weaknesses, joys, what you like and do not like. Living life as you see fit and on your own terms. My gage of being true to myself is looking in my eyes in the mirror. What do I see? It has to be my truth. Not someone else's of conforming to what others want me to be. We are all unique and different and are not meant to be the same. How boring that would be. You find the most about you when and where you least expect it. I am so happy that this experience has opened your eyes to yourself and given you strength , courage, thankfulness and awareness of life itself.
    You go girl and keep being true to yourself . It is the only way to like what you see when you look into those eyes of yours.
    Love always,
    Momma Monique who is still learning about the beautiful soul within her. The best journey in this life.