Thursday, May 19, 2011

I (we) took the tattoo plunge!

Laura (my good friend & co-author) is now also my tattoo sister. With the completion of our manuscript getting closer and closer, we decided to commemorate this amazing moment in our lives... permanently.

We got tattooed. What started out as a talk about getting matching jewelry quickly turned into something much more lifelong. We chose the phrase "One soul. Two bodies." It's a variant of the Aristotle quote "Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies." Laura wrote it inside the first book she gifted me (very symbolic for both of us).

I'm proud to have a matching tattoo with one of the strongest, smartest, and most talented women I've ever known. I'm honored to have her want to do this with me, and I can't help but smile when I look at my sore but pretty foot.

But, the quote goes beyond the two of us. It's a reminder of what friendship is. As we grow older, we don't seek someone to simply sit beside us in class; We look for that one person who awakens our soul. The person who did what Laura did for me and said, "Let's stop sitting on these dreams and make them happen, no matter how scary and hard."

When I look at my tattoo, I want to always be reminded to surround myself with people who help me approach myself and the world better than I would without them. I'm lucky to have a lot of those people in my life right now. I have had many toxic "friends" in the past, but time reminds you that life is too short to hold on to what hurts.

"One soul. Two bodies." Friendship is having a person to walk beside you through thick and thin... and hold your hand when things get rough (like when a needle goes into your foot). And, of course, to push you through those times when dreams seem out of reach, but they aren't.