Ten years ago, I had just called off a wedding, and I got a tattoo for my 27th birthday. It's a dragonfly, and I love it to this day. That tattoo marked the beginning of a journey. Call this decade: Figuring Out What I Want To Do With My Life.
This month, I turn 37, and though I'm definitely working the so-close-and-yet-so-far dynamic, there's no doubt what I want to do with my life, and I've acquired the training and location to make it happen.
So I'm calling my next ten years: Making Los Angeles My Home. I suspect that over the next decade that sentiment will take many forms, hopefully both in my work and my relationships.
Million dollar question: New Ink?
And if so, what? And where? I've spent ten years thinking about my next tattoo, and I'm still not sure.
I find myself drawn to rabbits lately, enough that I researched the rabbit totem. I'm not too pleased that the rabbit has so much to do with fear - I don't want my next ten years to be centered around that... but maybe I don't get a choice.
Rabbit is often connected with fear because they are timid and constantly on guard. Rabbit wants us to learn how to face our fear and know when to defend our space or walk away.
Rabbit shows us that defending ourselves doesn't always involve fighting back. He teaches us to listen carefully to what is going on in our environment so we can accurately use our intuition when in danger.
Clearly I'm not timid, but I am constantly on guard and perhaps that's its own form of timid? I also like what that link has to say about rabbits and their territory and learning every aspect of the lay of their land. Certainly I am on that journey here; this makes me think of Los Angeles where it's not so much about distance as it is density: "They live on a few acres of land & become familiar with every square inch."
So I'm considering a rabbit tattoo. That said, this is perhaps a little too pop culture:
While you are thinking, enjoy this most awesome rabbit video: Howard's Big Dig! Industrious Bunny; I love it!