For years I thought about getting a tattoo. What's the one thing which meant so much to me that I'd want to have it on my body for the rest of my life? I used to think it was freedom: to be able to live the way I wanted to, to be free from the world's standards and restrictions. Yet when I looked at myself--Had I not always been free? Finally I decided it was freedom from fear that I sought: the courage to make decisions, to embrace situations and relationships that are in sync with my true nature, however complicated or unsettling they may be.
After a long wait - the artist was booked up and then away for a while - I got my tattoo today. It says courage in Hebrew, or as I've been told by a Hebrew speaker, courage of the heart. Let it be an affirmation of how I'll always strive to live.