This is my seventh year of participation in the A to Z Challenge. My intent this year is to share a little bit about me each day… the good, the bad, and the ugly… so you can get to know “the woman behind the words” a little better!
As those of you who are friends with me on Facebook know, I am on vacation this week. Papa Bear and I are relaxing at Galveston Island on the Texas Gulf Coast. I love it here, and could happily stay here forever. On the beach is where I am most at peace, and feel a lightness that I do not anywhere else.
I knew I’d be away on vacation for the fourth week of the A-Z Challenge, but I really wanted to do this series, so I intend to take a little time each night to continue with my posts. If I haven’t or don’t get around to reading your posts or commenting, please forgive me. I am limiting computer time this week to concentrate on making good memories with Papa Bear, but I assure you in the weeks ahead I will get around to catch up! Since my last post was rather heavy stuff, I thought I’d lighten it up a bit for the letter T.
When it comes to my life, T is for Tattoos. I have eight of them ranging in size from a couple inches to a spray of flowers that runs down my spine from my shoulder to my hip. I love them, and each one is meaningful to me.
I got my first tattoo when I was near forty years of age. My husband prior to that had an issue with women getting tattoos; after we divorced I had my first pieces done – wolf eyes on my back shoulder, and a weeping heart over my own. Other pieces followed in the next several years.
Then, for my 60th birthday I added a bracelet on my left wrist that says “Papa Bear” in script. The band for this bracelet has a heart, a bear paw, and a feather. The heart and the bear paw are symbolic of my connection to Papa Bear, and the feather is for my Rez Kids. (See my R-post regarding them.) While I have always followed the rule that one doesn’t put names on their body other than that of their mother or their children, I broke that rule in Papa Bear’s case because he is my soul mate, and will always be. If something should happen to him there will never be another. No one could begin to take his place, he truly is that awesome. He is my forever after. The tattooed bracelet is a tribute to him and his unconditional love.
I still have one or two more tattoos in mind, maybe the next one will be for my 65th birthday. 🙂 While I realize that many people do not care for tattoos, it is a personal choice, and it is my choice for my body. It is also a fun thing to have done, an adrenalin rush like no other. Is it painful? Sure… at the moment, but that’s part of the rush. And the result can be a beautiful piece of body art that makes a personal statement.
Before you judge someone with body art, please remember once again, it is what is on the inside of the person that matters most of all. Look deeper!
In the past ten years or so my thoughts on wants and needs have changed considerably. I am finding that the older I get the less I want in the way of “things“… material possessions, and I find that I am needing a lot less things for my personal comfort and contentment.
Papa Bear and I are in the process of slowly paring down our things with the thought of someday living in a space even smaller than the home we live in now. We have storage rooms full of things we rarely if ever use, or have even looked at in the past eight years since we moved out to the country! I realize that this stage of my life is more about the memories connected to these accumulated things than it is about the things themselves, and it’s time to pass them on to someone who can use them, or dispose of them if they are no longer usable.
I am not saying that one needs to get rid of every sentimental item they have in their possession, I’m just saying that for me it’s time to reevaluate what the actual meaning and attachment is, and in some cases even a photo of some thing might suffice. The amazing thing I am discovering is that the more things we let go, and the more space we clear, the lighter and more free I feel!
One more T topic for today… the “Thought for the Day” quotations that I post on both my personal and Josie Two Shoes Facebook pages each morning. I share these quotes of encouragement because they speak to me, and others seem to find them meaningful at times too.
I by no means consider myself to be a motivational guru, or to have all the right answers as a couple people have opined. I am so far from living up to the ideals I’d like to reflect in my life, but I find that posting reminders for me to see each day helps me stay focused on what matters. You are more than welcome to join me at Josie Two Shoes on Facebook if you’d like to see what I’m sharing for the Thought for the Day.
Do you have any tattoos? If you don’t, have you ever considered getting one? Have you acquired a lot of things in your life? Do you believe that less is more?
Links to all of my 2018 A-Z Posts:
- A – Aquarian
- B – Blogging
- C – Cantankerous, Cats
- D – Divorce, Domestic Abuse
- E – Enabler, Encourager
- F – Fibromyalgia, Faith, Follow Through
- G – Germany
- H – Hearing Loss, Hair, Hope
- I – Introvert, Independence, Incarceration
- J – Josie Two Shoes
- K – Kids, Kindness
- L – Things I Like
- M – Middle child, Midwest, Moves
- N – New day, Noise, Never, New Mexico
- O – Ocean, Online Dating, Obesity
- P- Purple, People-pleaser, Promises, Peace
- Q – Quiet, Question, Quirky
- R – Rez Kids, Real, Realist, Regrets
- S – South Dakota, Satanism, Survivor