Weekly Photo Challenge: Mine

2 10 2012

Note:  For those who follow my business blog, this is a rare personal post.  Some might question the wisdom of mixing business and pleasure, but I believe that being authentic and open – being me – is essential to building trust with potential clients, who are (hopefully) out there reading my blog.  So, here goes…

The first thing that came to mind when I thought of this week’s photo challenge theme was a bowl that I bought for myself.  We had just purchased large, plain, white, boring, but functional bowls to suit the rest of the family and I saw this bowl (the last one on the shelf) and instantly fell in love with it.  Whether it was because it looked lonely (can you take pity on an inanimate object?) or just because it was pretty, I’m not sure.  I just knew it had to be mine.

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Then, I realised that the bowl isn’t really mine…occasionally, my youngest son uses it when he’s too lazy to wash one of the boring, but functional, family bowls.

My husband tells me that “everything” in the house is mine, but they’re just things that can be shared, and (let’s face it) will, at some point, cease to be mine.  So, what is mine, and will always be mine; what can’t be inherited or used by someone else…that can be photographed?

And then it dawned on me…of course!!  My tattoos.  Each one is truly mine.  My design, my body, my decision, for my reasons…mine.

No. 1 – A dragon.  Because I love dragons and they represent strength and grace.

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No. 2 – The Tree of Life. To remind me to stay grounded while I reach for the stars.

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No. 3 – A Kingfisher.  For my Dad, who inspired my love of birds and was a great fisherman – and who I miss every day.

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2 responses

11 10 2012
David Thompson

Wow! Those are amazing tattoos. It’s funny how similar you and I are, on one arm i have a detailed tattoo that is a totem marking my journey through life starting from a map of Africa where I spent my childhood and ending in a pen that becomes a tree to signify that I use my skill as a writer to save trees. On one side of the totem is a Celtic dragon signifying courage and magic while on the other is a bear signifying gentle strength and contemplation. On the other arm I have a Sailor Jerry inspired tattoo of a woman leaning on a Triumph motorcycle (which is what I ride), on one shoulder I have a Peregrine falcon in flight and on the other an elephant that is a copy of a painting my father did – he loved elephants and as a child I used to get really sick of sitting in the car while dad sketched and photographed elephants. BTW if a herd of elephants is crossing the road there is nothing you can do about it but wait, and in those days the herds were huge.

11 10 2012
bambusasolutions

Hi David,
Thank you so much!
Your tattoos sound equally amazing.
It must have been really interesting growing up in Africa, even if it was frustrating waiting for the elephants to pass.

I’m also a bike rider (the similarities continue)! I’m still a beginner, but I love my little Yamaha Jog (don’t laugh). One day I’ll get my licence and graduate to something with a bit more grunt, but for now, I’m enjoying my $4/week fuel bill.

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