Posted June 20, 2019 10:05:03As if there wasn’t enough to be proud of, I recently had a tattoo done with the phrase “I am an incredible woman and a feminist and I will never stop working on behalf of all women.”
I’m sure the phrase would have made it onto my face if not for a few unfortunate circumstances.
In the first place, I was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
I lost my mother and my best friend in the same year, and I spent months in the hospital before I was finally able to find my footing and get myself to the hospital.
For two months, I had to relearn how to take care of myself and find new ways to live.
Then I had the experience of being kicked out of my home by a neighbor.
My new neighbors, who are both women, had been harassing me for years.
It was only a matter of time before someone would kick me out and I would end up on the streets.
The first thing I did was to call my new neighbor and apologize.
I’m sure she was devastated by the whole ordeal and would probably blame me for everything that was happening in my life.
I didn’t really feel like I could do anything about it.
But I did tell her that I was on medication, so she wouldn’t have to worry about me getting into trouble again.
Her response was a kind of, “That sounds great.”
I think the tattoo was pretty cool, but it also was pretty insensitive.
As I sat in the parking lot at the grocery store, the other women in the store were having a conversation about the state of feminism and their own struggles with mental illness.
One woman, who I’ll call Mandy, said, “I’ve got anxiety and depression and I can’t stop.
I’ve tried everything I can think of.
But I don’t think I’ll ever feel happy.”
Another woman, named Tammi, said that she has “been diagnosed with bipolar disorder” and is on antidepressants for bipolar disorder.
Mandy said, “When we have to put our heads together, I have to be able to have my voice and my opinions heard.”
When I asked Mandy how she felt about the tattoo, she said,”I don’t know what it means.
It’s so insensitive.
I feel like it’s not really meant to be.
Maybe it will give me a little more confidence. “
It’s like they’re trying to be a little bit bolder and more confident, so that maybe they’ll finally get me in the door.
Maybe it will give me a little more confidence.
I have a lot of problems.
I just don’t want to be here anymore.
So I’ll just keep working.”
I had the tattoo done and then a week later I was driving home from work.
I pulled into the parking spot in front of the store and my new tattoo artist was waiting for me.
I wasn’t going to let that go by without saying something.
She walked up to me and asked, “Do you have any tattoos?”
I looked up and said, “Yes.”
She said, , “I know what you mean.
Do you have a question?”
“I want to know if you think you are an amazing person and a beautiful woman.”
Her tattoo artist started drawing a heart.
Next, she asked me a question.
What’s your biggest fear?
“The tattoo,” I said.
After about 20 minutes of this, she gave me a second tattoo.
It was a very similar tattoo to her original, but this time I had a very specific answer for the first question.
I thought, If you really want to say you are a feminist, why not put a heart on it?
Then, after the first tattoo was done, she handed me the tattoo again.
This time, she told me that she had an answer.
When asked if she had any questions, she just gave me the same answer that she gave to the first person.
Now, if you look at the tattoo I received last week, you will see that I have the word “I” on my back.
I am a person and I want to have a great life.
And I’m going to do that by representing all women.
If I have any questions about this or anything else, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter or on Facebook.