I've got a scar on the knuckle of my middle finger that I got when I was spending a summer in Wyoming and I accidentally shut a jackknife on my hand. Even though it's not a scar that anyone's aware of because it looks kind of like part of the wrinkles on my knuckle, it still means something to me. I spent two summers in Wyoming and they were both very important to me. I love and miss Wyoming very much, and it's nice of my body to remind me of it.
I've also got a scar on my calf from when I was hiking in Panamá (where I also spent a summer). Panamá was equally important to me as Wyoming, so that's another fond memory that my body calls to my mind.
When people look at me, they don't really expect me to be the kind of person who's into things like body art. They're all wrong (although I understand why they might have that perception because I look like I'm 12 years old). I got my nose pierced the day after my 18th birthday. It was a little bit impulsive, but I had been planning on getting some sort of new piercing when I turned 18 anyway. I've never regretted my nose piercing. It makes me seem older (at least, to me it does) and it looks good too! About 8 months later, I got into tattoos. Tattoos are scars too. They're just scars that I get to choose what they say.
I mentioned in my Valentine's Day post that I got my first tattoo about a year ago. That was the beginning of an obsession. While I was actually getting the tattoo, I was practically breaking my friend's hand from squeezing it so hard because it hurt so badly (it's on my foot, which I'm told is one of the more painful places to get a tattoo). I kept thinking, "Oh, my God. I'm never doing this again." Then of course, the very second the artist finished, I thought, "I want another one!"
In September, I got two more tattoos.
The one on my wrist, first of all, probably hurt more than anything I've ever done in my life (yes, that includes dislocating my shoulder). Just letting you know in case you were thinking about getting a tattoo there. It HURTS.
My other tattoo looks like this:
Sorry about the weird angle- it's REALLY hard to take a picture of the back of your own shoulder.
This is the symbol for Unitarian Universalism, which I was raised on. The link I put there goes to the seven principles that UUism believes. In reality, UUism is more of a philosophy, but technically it's a religion. I was never super into the religion or going to services. But I got the tattoo because I had recently rediscovered those seven principles, and I realized how amazing they really are. They're basically a guide for how to be a good person, and they make me proud to be part of something that has them as its core.