This is my first and, so far, only tattoo. I had it done way back in the Spring of 2004.
I had wanted a tattoo for quite a while, but I wasn’t going to permanently put just anything on my body. Everybody kept suggesting a dragon since they all know how much I love dragons, but that didn’t feel right.
I started getting the “tap” that a dragonfly was what I should get. Hmmm… okay…? I had never had a particular affinity to dragonflies before. They were pretty. They weren’t quite as common as butterflies, especially as tattoos. And my backyard was full of them because of the little run-off brook flowing along the edge of the property.
So, I did what I always do when I’ve been tapped by the Universe to do something – I started doing research. What I found was quite interesting.
Dragonflies are symbols of magic, illusions, and change. They symbolize growing up and opening your eyes. They also spend, on average, two years as a nymph underwater before climbing out and transforming into a dragonfly.
What makes all of that so interesting was that two years earlier I had undergone a sort of “awakening” ceremony as a way to come into my own and to help me overcome some of my self-confidence issues.
2004 was definitely my year of changing and growing up and having my eyes opened. And very little of it was pleasant. My dragonfly serves as my reminder that life is about change and change is uncomfortable and sometimes even painful. It makes us laugh, cry, cringe, and hurt, but we should never run away from it.