"Wear your heart on your skin in this life."- Sylvia Plath
I have always loved and admired tattoos on other people, especially when they have a story to go along with them. I never thought I’d be one to get a tattoo because I didn’t there was anything that really spoke to me enough to have it permanently inked on my body. Until about 3 years ago. I started playing around with the idea of getting a tree tattoo…the Tree Of Life to be exact. The tree to me represents a foundation, a “home”, a safe and comfortable place. It also represents life and strength. The roots of a tree are so grounded to where it is planted and can be difficult to uproot. Trees have to be strong enough to weather any storm and stand the test of time. The tree was a representation of me. I wanted to be like a tree.
But in those few years, my view began to change. I started to myself less as a tree. Being a tree is easy. It is safe and comfortable. I realized that I didn’t want comfortable because with comfort came fear…The fear of failing. The fear of being complacent and settling for something that was safe.
"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure."- Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
I am extremely passionate about what I do and want to share that with anyone and everyone that is willing to listen. I want to go out in the world and learn from others that share my passion. Plain and simple, I want to change lives. I can’t do this if I am “being a tree”. I need to be free…free like a bird. Birds have no boundaries. My dreams and opportunities have no boundaries…endless possibility.
The tree however, still plays a significant role in my life. I will always have a home base. I will always have a place where my roots are grounded. A place of sanctuary…my home.
So, the end result…
(The red birds represent the people that I share my tree with. The people that are closest to me.) Thanks Scott Spencer from The Inkery for bringing this vision to life.