Tattoos Calling My Name
I have a complete needle phobia.
It kicked in around second grade. Suddenly, the prospect of a shot or blood work was overwhelming. I would agonize for weeks over a doctor's appointment for fear of having to get a shot.
Everyone said I'd grow out of it. At twenty-eight, though, I still obsess over the possibility of getting a shot or blood drawn. When I have a doctor's appointment, I break into a nervous sweat. If a needle is on television or if someone even talks about one, I have to leave the room.
Yeah, it's pretty ridiculous.
Despite my phobia, or maybe because of it, the one thing near the top of my bucket list is to get a tattoo.
Someday, I'll face my fear...maybe. When I finally brave up to face up to the needle, I already have not one, but three picked out! Here are the tats I'm dying to have.
1. Walt Whitman's "O Me! O Life!"
I'm not brave enough to go all in for the entire poem, which is one of my favorites. I'm going for the final lines, pictures above.
I love the message, the idea that we all have a part to play. I also love that it talks about contributing a verse; I feel like this would be symbolic of my writing career. I would add a quill to the end of the line to symbolize my writing. This is my first tattoo I want to get...and will probably be the last knowing me.
2. Annabel Lee by Poe
Surprise! Another literary nerd tattoo :)
Poe is one of my favorite classic writers. My husband has the lines from "The Raven," but I love this poem because it's a softer side of Poe. Check out the design on Pinterest.
3. Tale as Old as Time
I loved Beauty and the Beast as a child. I love this tattoo because it's simple but meaningful. I will never, ever get it on my hand though...my husband told me his wedding ring was excruciating. Eek!
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Tattoos have been used to brand prisoners, to brand slaves, to mark family trees, and to show marital relations in the past. Today they're more about showing your interests and your hobbies, your loves, and the things most important to you and close to your heart; for example, you might choose to get a tattoo of your girlfriend's name on your arm.
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