Life can be a persistent agony and the relief only lies in the fact of how you choose to live with it. Do we continue to let it erode our existence or slap a band aid on it and move on. If only it were that simple.
I feel like a tattoo can sometimes be a very good memoriam for certain things in life, happy, sad or otherwise. I’d like to believe it plays a minor albeit important part in the healing process. Doesn’t let you forget or forgive, but serves as a reminder of where you’ve been and how far you’ve come.
This would be the story of one of my most interesting tattoos and hopefully my clients too.
Esha was her elder sister’s name who passed away a few years ago. We all have an inherent process to combat our griefs and the tryst to achieve some inner peace. Aarushi, I think, travelled far and wide. On one such trip to Europe, she went to a local park. People were playing live music in the background. A balcony overlooking a pond within the park, had this beautiful green railing. With words written on it. As she walked closer, only to realize
(uma aventura pela europa – An adventure in Europe)
The universe sends us signs, but it is always up to us to recognize them. And so she decided to get a tattoo in remembrance of her and a few things that interweaved her existence to that of her sister’s. She found me through her cousin and in her head had already made up her mind, that she was to get this most important tattoo to her, by me. It was meant to be!
This story of a tattoo for the girl, of the girl and by the girl. ‘for’ being Aarushi ‘of’ being Esha (late sister to Aarushi) ‘by’ being me, Esha
I could write sonnets about the meaning of this one, but it will all fall short, always. An attempt:
1. II:II – Synchronicity (more below)
2. The spiral staircase climbing towards self actualization and the realization of the true meaning of life.
3. A Lotus depicting purity of body, speech and mind even though it blooms in the mud.
4.The flower of life and sacred geometry to depict the comprehension of what makes our belief system, what we are made of. Our gizzard.
5. ‘Thank you for the magic’.
Synchronicity is a word coined by Swiss Psychologist Carl Jung to describe seemingly coincidental, yet meaningful events in the external world that do not have an obvious cause.
Jung defined synchronicity as an “acausal connecting (togetherness) principle,” “meaningful coincidence”, “acausal parallelism” or “meaningful coincidence of two or more events where something other than the probability of chance is involved.” Carl G. Jung (1960), Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle, Princeton University Press, 2012, p. 44. Synchronicity can be recognized in the following signs: Dreams, Symbols, Numbers, “Random” events, Conversations, Spontaneous encounters
It is the magic of these small things, which may seem so insignificant at the time, but helps you look at the broader picture and instead of crying for what you lack, you start seeing delight in what you already have. Could be the existence of a person around you, whose presence you may take for granted, but their absence will kill you.
It is these tiny things that make my work so worthwhile.