Perspective - 2019
So……I totally did a thing y’all. Something I thought I would never, and I literally mean NEVER do. I got a tattoo. Yep, I did it. I am actually sitting in the tattoo shop as I am writing this blog post. I just finished. It took about 10 whole minutes and did not hurt at all, seriously - (my teeth whitening the other day hurt more than this did.) 😂😬 But anyways, I am sitting here while Michael is getting his tattoo done and thought I would take the time to write this post (I will be here about 3-4 hours….)
I have thought about getting a tattoo and what I would actually get, a lot. But nothing ever stood out or stayed with me long enough to actually make the commitment of going through with it. And looking back at the ideas I had when I was younger, I am soooooo happy I never got any of them. But about a month or so ago Michael got another one of his tattoos touched up and I came along for the ride, because Christophers, DUH. Well the artist next to Michael’s tattoo artist had all his lettering awards lined up on his station and I started looking at his work. Now let me be very clear, I have seen a lot of shitty tattoos, like really bad. So I knew that I didn’t want him (or my little brother or myself) getting inked by those who are not true artists. But this tattoo company is. They are called Into The Woods. Seriously y’all, they are the best. Some of their artist’s have worked for Universal & Disney, - and they free draw everything! Each tattoo artist has their own strengths, some are incredible at cartoon, others kill it at realistic portraits, and others, like my man Tucker, is the BEST at lettering.
So while sitting next to Michael for 4 hours as he had his arm worked on, I was thinking and looking up different ideas that I had rolling into my head at that moment and then it hit me, perspective.
noun - a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.
Mindset is absolutely everything, I truly believe that. Your brain is so powerful and can make your body do incredible & amazing things, feel certain ways, it controls everything and anything. It is all on how you look at things, think, and how you talk to yourself. You can be in the most beautiful place and be so depressed, or you could be in the back alley next to a trash can with a friend and have the best time. (side note - I have never done that, lmao, its just an example). But seriously y’all, how we look at life is how you live your life! I understand that there are so many things that are out of our control, but our mindset is in OUR control. Period. And sometimes I need to remind myself of that. Life could be so fulfilling and I could accomplish so much more if I had a good perspective all the time. I am so blessed to have the opportunities I have had and continue to have, but sometimes I get lost and caught up in everything and my triggers happen, depression happens, and I am not the best version of myself. I get that it happens, I do. But in the end YOU are in charge of YOU. The only things you can truly control in your life is your attitude and your effort.
So here is to 30, here is to a new decade, here is to perspective.
Side Note - I wasn’t going to get it this big. Originally I wanted a super little tattoo, like half the size. But after speaking to Tucker, he advised me not to. With thin lettering like this, if you go too small, over time it will just look like a blob. And I want it to look clean, like forever. So I trusted his judgment. After he put the stencil on that he drew out, I started to silently panic. Like “Do I really want to do this?" “This is going to be on your body forever Allie!” “Are you confident that you won’t get into the car and immediately start crying?”
And then “Let’s Go” came on the radio - and that was it. I was down. Let’s fucking gooooooo! I am so happy with the outcome and am thinking about my next one…just kidding, maybe. 😉👏🏻