Ever since I was young, I never thought much of tattoos. I always thought that it was scary, and I also knew that I was way too indecisive to ever get one. But that all seemed to change when I went to England to study abroad. All of a sudden I found myself in a place that brought me great happiness and inspiration, which also made me feel new and a little bit rebellious. So in early March of last year, I decided that I wanted to get a tattoo, regardless of what others may think of it.
But then, I got this tattoo that I absolutely loved it and I kept it really low key because I WAS worried about what people would think. I imagined the disapproving looks that I would receive from my parents’ friends, or even from my own family. However, now I am embracing it. It was a decision I made, and after a year, I do not regret it one bit! It hasn’t harmed me in any way. It hasn’t affected my athletic abilities or my academics. And it doesn’t make me any less of a person. I’m still me!! 🙂 (Plus it was actually a lot cheaper to do in the UK than it would be in the U.S.) So today I am going to tell you what my tattoo means to me.
“Miles to go.” As many of you reading this may already know, I am a runner. So I tend to run miles and miles a week, which is something that is a big part of my identity. I plan to have running remain a big part of my life, even when I stop competing. So that’s one meaning of the tattoo. Also, when I was traveling abroad, I promised myself that I would never stop adventuring. This tattoo is a permanent reminder of that promise to myself, meaning that I have miles left of travel and experience.
I think what is most special about this tattoo to me, is that it is done in my own hand writing. To me, this means I am in control of where I go from here, and that girl who spent a semester at Harlaxton will always be a part of me.
This has been a bit of a liberating post for me, because I am no longer worried about what other people will think or say about my decision. For those of you reading this, I hope you can walk away with that lesson in mind. If something makes you happy, don’t hide it. And don’t let anyone make you question yourself. Just do you! 😉
As for me, I still have miles to go, loves. . . and every mile will be in Sienna Sky style.