this title sounds kinda heavy, but i promise it's the opposite. five wise (and frankly, totally adorable) boys once gave me great life advice: live while [you're] young. now, this doesn't mean that once you hit the 40 mark, you may as well kick it. you're as young as you allow yourself to be. but there is something so much deeper behind those sunshine, boybandy harmonies. you are only "young" once. you will never be a teenager or twenty-something again after those years pass. you cannot get them back. and maybe you don't want to; maybe once was enough. and that's ok. but it's such a valuable season in your life, full of growth and bright colors and loud noises. it's fun. i love it. i love being the youngest barista at my starbucks. i love being the youngest of my friend group. i love it because it makes me feel like i have more time, even if i don't. i never understood growing up why adults said that teenagers feel invincible. despite my attempts to be realistic, there are days where i certainly do feel indestructible. but there are also days where i feel invisible. dang, maybe this is a heavy post after all.
but i say all of that to say this: do now; regret later. dye your hair pink. do it now. do it while you're young and cute and have time for your hair to recover. pierce your nose. do it now. when you look in the mirror on sunday morning before you go to wake up your kids, look at the hole and remember what it was like to be stupid and reckless. get the tattoo. do it now. trace it with your fingers and don't forget the late nights spent with friends eating pizza and laughing too loud. do now. regret later (if you regret it at all).
go. do it now.
This is, to me, the loveliest and saddest landscape in the world. It is the same as that on the preceding page, but I have drawn it again to impress it on your memory. It is here that the little prince appeared on Earth, and disappeared.
Look at it carefully so that you will be sure to recognize it in case you travel some day to the African desert. And, if you should come upon this spot, please do not hurry on. Wait for a time, exactly under the star. Then, if a little man appears who laughs, who has golden hair and who refuses to answer questions, you will know who he is. If this should happen, please comfort me.
Send me word that he has come back.
i have been getting a lot of questions about my tattoo lately and i have been dying to talk about it with you guys! my favorite book is the little prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. i love this book more than anything (i mean, i'm making pieces of the fox chapter part of my wedding vows. if you've read the story, you know what i mean.), and i am begging every single one of you to read it. it is a french children's book, but it is so deep and beautifully written. personally, i believe the little prince himself is a parallel of Christ, but read for yourself to see why. the last page (italicized above) gives me chills every time. on my wrist, i have the star from "the lonely landscape". it makes my heart smile knowing i have this beautiful thing that i adore on my skin forever.
that being said, even though i'm still new to this whole tattoo thing, i have some pointers for those of you about to make the leap!
i am so happy and honestly cannot stop looking at it. to those of you with tattoos, any tips for us newbies? if you don't have any yet, what do you want? i'd love to hear from you!
okay, let’s talk tattoos. this one is for the homies who are maybe thinking about getting inked?? deciding to tattoo your body is a huge decision. so, here i am attempting to hopefully give you useful advice/tips for your first time.
first, here are some things that you need to know:
secondly, here’s some advice:
truth is, you’re probably not ever going to be ready for your first tattoo. and that’s okay. i have a little crescent moon on my left forearm, and i am still surprised when i see it there. to me, it’s a tribute to the still quiet beauty of the night. i look at it, and it reminds me that even in darkness there is still a sliver of light.
i hope you find what you’re looking for in the ink,
documenting the fun years.