I follow a powerful woman on Instagram named Rachel Cargle. The other day she posted a message she received where someone accused her of being unhappy and that she was just faking happiness. In response to the person, she wrote something along the lines of how she had experienced such heartbreak and hardship in her life, that she had a decision to make to find happiness in the little things and that she chooses to celebrate everything from a sunny day to a good book; things that may seem simple to many but that brighten her days.
In my tiniest tattoo lies the one with the most powerful meaning for me. It’s also the body art that is most ridiculed or questioned. It isn't the most expertly done one either. Fuego (Fire in Spanish) tattooed in my cursive handwriting. I never thought I’d get a word tattooed on my body. As a writer, for some reason I never wanted to mark my skin with words. I wanted to decorate it with art.
I have a small tattoo of a swallow on my back. A bird tattooed on the back often symbolizes freedom. One could say it’s a bit cliché but the story behind my bird tattoo is anything but cliché. You see; I was raised in a cult since the age of three.