I’m a mom of two boys and I have a tattoo. So what, right? Well for me, it was a pretty big deal.
In the whirlwind that is called life, I went from a single university student to married with children and 36 years old. After my second son was born, the pressures of motherhood really started to take a toll. I had suffered another bout of mastitis which knocked me completely off my feet. It was a sign — it was mighty time to start taking more care of myself.
At that time, I was run down, feeling like my entire purpose was to be the perfect mom and wife. I was a self-proclaimed “supermom” — there to serve and please my kids, my husband, my family. There was no time for “me” anymore. And who was “I” anyway?
I hit the proverbial brick wall. A light switch literally turned on and something changed inside of me. I wanted to find myself again; That free-spirited woman I once was had been suppressed for too long. Call it a midlife crisis if you insist, but I believe many women go through something similar after having children — a loss of self, a lack of self-care.
Realizing that there was so much I hadn’t done already in my life, I started to make a list of things that I wanted to accomplish before my 40th birthday. One of those things was to finally get that tattoo.
So I did. I got a tattoo that would have significant meaning to me, not just a red rose or dainty daisy. I knew for a long time that I wanted a tattoo that would symbolize my journey thus far and represent the constant reminder I needed to continue to move forward.
I decided to have the Chinese symbol for perseverance tattooed on my foot because with each step I take, I can be reminded to keep going no matter how difficult life becomes. I must persevere.
I’ve reached the point in life where I don’t feel I have to defend myself for my decision. I don’t care if I’m judged for being a mom of two kids and getting inked. Some may think it’s crazy “what’s a mother of two children getting a tattoo for?” I’m certain I got a few of those looks, but it doesn’t faze me. I am confident enough in myself — finally! — to not care what other people may think. And hey, my boys think it’s cool. And that’s good enough for me.
I’m not the only mom who likes to show off her tats. Here are some of my favorite celebrity parent tattoos, after the jump.
Brandy 1 of 6Brandy has a beautiful pattern tattooed on her foot.
Angelina Jolie 2 of 6The tattoo on Angelina Jolie's left arm show's the map coordinates for the birthplaces of her children.
Heidi Klum 3 of 6Heidi Klum has Seal's name on her arm along with stars representing her kids on her arm.
Stephanie Seymour 4 of 6Model Stephanie Seymour has a string of flowers around her ankle.
Melanie Brown 5 of 6The phoenix rising on Mel B.'s arm is a tribute to her daughter, Pheonix Chi.
Victoria Beckham 6 of 6Victoria Beckham has several tattoos - love the line of Hebrew text on her neck and back.
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