#1 – The cost of the tattoo is donated to the One Orlando fund.
#2 – The pain I feel under the needle will serve as a reminder of the pain the victims and their families are going through. And as I feel that short term pain I will remember how blessed I am to not be suffering their fate.
#3 – The pulse line etched into my skin will remind me that every day I wake up with a pulse is a blessing.
#4 – The rainbow will remind me not to judge or be biased towards someone or a group of people because they live differently from me.
#5 – The rainbow will remind me to be brave and dedicated enough to live my authentic life.
#6 – The rainbow will remind me that love is love is love is love.
#7 – It will remind me of how I feel in this moment. It will remind me that there needs to be change in this country and I can be a part of that.
#8 – When, and if, my kids ask about the tattoo on my ribs I can tell them about this week. I can tell them that there is great evil in this world, but there is also great good. And beyond that simple fact, every day we wake up with a pulse we have a choice to choose love. I look forward to telling my children that they have that choice.
#9 – “You realize, don’t you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you? No one will get by with vandalizing God’s temple, you can be sure of that. God’s temple is scared – and you, remember, are the temple.” – 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
This scripture is the one most church kids hear as the argument against tattoos. ‘Your body is a temple’ is drilled into your brain to cover a whole manner of sins. Yet as I’ve prayed about this decision I’ve come to the conclusion that this scripture essentially boils down to respecting your body and using it to honor God. Well, If God is love and that is his main attribute I am striving to emulate – then this tattoo, which to me will be a permanent reminder to choose love, will in turn be a permanent reminder to choose Him.
#10 – Choosing to get this tattoo at this time will remind me of how capable Orlando and the world is to come together and choose love.
Those are my reasons, and I don’t think I’ll ever regret this decision (a year on and I love my tattoo). Besides, if this time has proved anything it’s that we never know when our time is done. And when it is our bodies will fade into nothing, so it might as well stand for love while it’s here.