Monday, March 26, 2012

strength

Last weekend for my 30th birthday Josh & I decided to get some new ink. I have 3 tattoos already & the last time I had one done I was in my early 20's so I was about due for something new. I have wanted a new tattoo for over a year now that has real meaning to me & symbolizes my struggle with ppa/ppocd & kicking ppd ass. 

This tattoo for me is a part of my healing. 

Did I really need to have a needle filled with permanent black ink stinging my upper back for 45 minutes to heal? Does a word engraved on my body forever somehow heal me? 

No. But in some weird way it is healing to me

I chose the word strength for my tattoo because it was the word that held the most meaning to me while going through that tough time in my life. I had to be strong. I still have to be strong...every day. I had to dig deep, really deep to find inner strength that I didn’t even know existed.

I am now reminded (numerous times a day) that I had the strength to keep going when things got tough. 

I am reminded that finding that strength in me has made me a better person. 

I am a stronger person. 

I am reminded that I am finally in a better place, a place that I never thought I would be in. 

If this ever happens to me again (or whatever obstacle in life is thrown my way) I will be reminded that I once had enough strength to get through a horrible time, I can do it again if I ever have to. 


my new ink. 

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.-unknown.  

People cry, not because they're weak. It's because they've been strong for too long. -unknown.  

When something bad happens you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you or you can let it strengthen you. -unknown.  

3 comments:

Ivy said...

Wow, what better way to remember that you are strong and you are a survivor!

Day2DayPrinting.com said...

The tattoo looks great. Going through an ordeal such as ppd really takes its toll emotionally and physically, and to come out of it takes strength. You definitely are a stronger person.

Andrea said...

haha I know. Kinda drastic right? But I had thought about it for a long time, it's healing for me :)