I decided when I was 17 that I wanted a tattoo. My mom told me that she would agree to it on two conditions. That I raise all my grades to A’s, and that I only consider temporary tattoos because I may change my mind about wanting one as I got older. I thought those were two great conditions, because she was absolutely right. If I wanted to get anywhere in life, I needed to make sure my grades improved. Also, I knew that I may not want to have a tattoo even a month after I got one.

I agreed to both conditions, and on my 18th birthday, she took me to a tattoo parlor. I had already researched the different tattoos that I could get, and my mom was researching parlors because she wanted to make sure that I was going to one that practiced safe tattooing. I had my favorite football team’s logo put on my arm, and it looked really great. My mom thought it did too, which is nothing short of amazing. However, she was right, and I am glad that I did get a temporary tattoo.

It is not because I changed my mind about wanting a tattoo, but because I was not sure that I wanted that team logo on my arm for the rest of my life. I knew that I needed to have whatever I was passionate about become my tattoo rather than something that is just a part time hobby. Once the henna tattoo wore off, I had another temporary tattoo put on of my country’s flag because I had already decided to go into the military. That was 20 years ago, and I now have it permanently tattooed on my arm along with a few other things that I am passionate about. That is why I always listen to my mom, even now, because she is wise beyond her years!