Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent. 

~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

I have 14 tattoo’s at the moment – all meaningful, all specifically chosen. I get complimented most on my “hope” tattoo on my left wrist which I had done in December 2009.

I can safely say that not a single day goes by without somebody commenting, mentioning, asking, pointing out this tattoo and compliments are plenty. Commenting on the design, the placement, or the pain at that spot on the body, to have such visible tattoos or simply how pretty it is…. many, many people have said to me they wish they were as brave as me. 

Funny how I’ve never seen my tattoos as a sign of bravery… addiction maybe, a need for expression absolutely, a healing for the hurting perhaps, or a way to tell my story or purely decorative… but brave? I don’t know about that.

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