I spent the last 3 weeks in LA and during the last week, I did something I always wanted to do but never thought I’d be brave enough to do. I got my first tattoo. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a few years, every time I went to LA, I would say to the friend I was with, “I am going to get a tattoo! I am not leaving without one.” But every time I would chicken out. This time, I was inspired and I decided to actually commit to it. I am glad I didn’t go through with any of the last ideas I’ve had, because I’m sure I would have regretted it. This time, the timing just felt right and it is so full of meaning at this point in my life, it’s a constant reminder and I know I will never regret it.
It’s a paper airplane that writes out “Let go.” The paper airplane obviously represents exploration, launching myself into a new adventure and a new beginning. In Japanese pop culture, they tend to represent freedom, whimsical ideas and youth. I planned to leave the ‘let go’ off, but I changed my mind at the last minute and kept it, and I am glad I did. Looking at the tattoo, it’s like the icing on the cake, it completes the picture. It adds all the more meaning. Right now, I am dealing with a lot of things, ultimately just caring too much and letting things hold me back. I need to let go in order to let myself be happy. In life, there will be things that hurt you. People you love will hurt you, even if it’s not what they intended. There will come a time in which you have to decide to keep holding on, or let go. Chances are, you will have to let go before you can move on and start the next chapter of the journey. It will hurt like hell, but it will be worth it.