1 Welcome back again  and  we would like to thank Leeanne for spending some of her precious time talking about her story and also for sharing it with us today.

In May 2012, I lost a dear family member, someone whom I was really looking forward to see for the first time. Unfortunately, what should have been tears of joy turned suddenly into tears of loss. I was left facing the horrible truth that I was never going to meet what should have been our youngest family member. I wish I could have seen him grow up, play with him, cuddle him and be there when he needed me. I wish I could have had the chance to look into those innocent eyes and smile reassuringly at him.  But when I faced the fact that I could do nothing to bring him back all I was left with, was emptiness and wishful desire to do something which could remind me of him forever.  Something to make me feel close to him.

A month after his death, I did a tattoo which says “In loving memory of (his name, date of birth and date of death), his little footprint- which is the most meaningful part of it all and three roses to express my love for him.  Obviously, we only give roses to the ones we love.  There isn’t a chance we can be together in this lifetime but this tattoo makes me feel closer to him, like he’s always with me.

Even though I was young when I did my tattoo I do not regret it. It’s been there for over a year now and I still look at it proudly like the day I’ve done it. It’s the only (and most beautiful) memory that I own and it will stay with me till the very end. I believe it’s the best thing 13412964_1752836584974774_7741575427644100565_nI’ve ever done in my whole life.  Be proud of who you are and of what you have.  It doesn’t mean everyone has to understand or appreciate your decisions but it’s important to stand your ground and live life the way you want.  Without any regrets…

Strong words indeed.  As Leeanne said, we only live once, and we should spend our days without regrets.

Be proud of your ink.  In life all that matters is that you are happy with what you have.

Once again, thanks Leeanne for this story.

Enjoy your ink

Author: Alexia Micallef

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