Now that I am gainfully employed once again, I am less anxious about money and can look at more frivolous things than say, paying rent or buying food. Like finally getting a tattoo.
I have for some time wanted a tattoo. Since college. It was going to be a tiny little thing on my wrist originally, an hourglass that would be my momento mori. My wife and I both were going to brave the pain and get tattoos a year and a half ago. But then time slipped by and depression slipped in and job worries blossomed and money became tight and getting a tattoo was put – again – on the back burner. It was easy to put off because it’s such a big, permanent thing. I mean, do I really want one?
But then this past summer I realized I wanted something more. I wanted something that would symbolize freedom – the ability to choose and pursue my own destiny. To remember that it is always my choice to be where I am. And I remembered a tiny little tattoo I’d seen on a fellow crossfitter – little wings on the sides of her feet.
I knew at once that was what I wanted. Hermes’ wings. Runners get that kind of tattoo a lot, and I run, but – that’s not why I want them. For me, Hermes’ wings symbolize freedom, the ability to get up and go if you choose, to transcend, to move, to keep moving. This past year has taught me more than anything that my choices are my own, and the situation is mine if I am willing to take it. I want a reminder that I did that, that I can do it again, that whenever I feel trapped, I have the power to get up and fly.
It also helps that Hermes/Mercury has always been my patron god. 🙂 He’s the patron of literature, fittingly, as well as travelers, wit, and, um, thieves. Not that I’m a thief myself, but I appreciate that darker aspect of him.
And last but not least, Hermes = Mercury = Sailor Mercury, who is my patron senshi. Do I need to say anything else? 😛
So it’s perfect, in so many ways. Except I still have to decide on size! I was hoping those of you with tattoos might be able to share your experiences? Your delights/regrets?
Right now I’m looking at
For example: do you wish you had gone bigger on your tattoo? Or smaller?
What kind of issues might you have with a bigger tattoo that you wouldn’t with a small one?
Is there anything else I should consider?
Thank you! ❤
Day 3 of the SoA PCOS Diet of Awesome went easier than Day 2! I had:
- 105g carbs 😦
- But 24g of fiber! 🙂
- Making 81g net carbs. Decent.
- Kale, two eggs and some nutritional yeast for breakfast
- A bit of gouda and some salame for snack
- Sauerkraut, roasted apples and fennel, and pork chop for lunch
- Granola, kombucha, and cottage cheese for afternoon snack, and then an emergency Exo cricket bar because I was huuungry
- Homemade pho for dinner (with those “miracle” carb-free noodles)
I was still surprisingly hungry yesterday, but the fatty snacks helped. My energy has evened out already, so I’m not crashing as hard in the afternoon. Sleeping better, too – although I wonder how much of that is because I no longer get naps. 🙂
I’m using MyFitnessPal to track all of this and it has a nifty feature where you can just copy and paste a meal from the day before. That has helped a lot, but there must be some further ways to streamline this. I resent having to catalog every.thing.I.eat.