Hi all! I've recently just declared myself an atheist (within the last
2-3 months). I've had a tattoo idea in the back of mind that had
nothing to atheism, but a few nights ago I was hit with another idea,
one that could incorporate my "new found" atheism. I have a short story
and a long story, so I'll write the short one first, and those who are
more curious can read the longer version. :)
I LOVE the movie Sleeping Beauty, and am infatuated with the theme of,
"Once Upon a Dream." I was planning on getting "Once Upon" on my left
wrist, and "a Dream," on my right. Simple black lettering, no color. My
new idea is to turn the "a" into the scarlet "A" of Dawkins to
represent my atheist outlook. Cheesy? Brilliant? Let me know what you
"Once Upon a Dream," has more meaning to me than just being a cute
reference to my favorite movie. I've changed my direction in life,
going from music to physics. It's a big change, and I'm very excited.
I've gotten a lot of crap for it, from, "Why don't you just get a
job??" to, "What the heck are you gonna do with physics?" (as if
physics is any less marketable than a music degree, lol). I've been
told that "maybe one day I'll decide on a set path." Am I the only one
who sees my life as more than just a "path"? I see it as a blank map,
waiting to be charted and drawn in. There are so many things to do and
learn about, how could I possibly be expected to pick just one? I've
also been told that I'm selfish for feeling that way, that I should
contribute to society instead of selfishly indulging in every "whim."
Yeah, well... so long as I'm paying my bills, I could care less how I
do it. And this is how the phrase came to have more meaning to me. It
represents my entire outlook on life. I want my life to be "once upon a
dream" turned reality. I want to be free to do and learn what I please.
Right now? My dream is to work for NASA in four years. Four years ago
it was to go to grad school for music theory. I don't feel I'm in the
wrong for wanting to change. I've gotten my degree in music, I was
successful in that. Now it's time to be successful in something else.
Turning the "a" into the scarlet "A" will keep the phrase grounded. I
don't want it to seem like I'm all about fairies, unicorns, and
rainbows. I get that life can be hard. And the reasoning it takes to
reach an atheist conclusion on life will give the phrase a
scientific/reasonable twist. Yes, I'm free to dream and learn and
travel, but I need to make sure I'm not being naive about it.
Make sense? Ha, I hope so. What does everyone think? And you're more
than welcome to comment on more than just the actual tattoo. :)