A few years ago, in honor of a landmark birthday (I'm sorry, I'm not prepared to divulge which one) my daughter gave me a tattoo. Well, more to the point, she gave me the promise of a tattoo.
However, I never took her up on it. Not because I didn't want a tattoo, but because I couldn't decide what image I wanted permanently inked on my body.
I've thought of all kinds of things–a full moon (seeing as how my rising sign is Cancer), stylized ocean waves, a yin-yang symbol, angel wings, various combinations of these images–but nothing that ever totally grabbed me.
Then, a few weeks ago, I was in Manhattan with my sister. We were sitting outside the ballet studio where my niece was about to perform and another audience member sat next to us. For some reason, one of us noticed the tattoo she had on her ankle.
An open door.
She got this particular image, she said, because she wanted always to remind herself to be open.
I want me one of those open door tattoos.
It is the first image that totally and completely grabs me. I love the idea of having a permanent reminder to stay open inked on my body. I want to be open to new ideas, new experiences, new anything. Even at my advanced age.
Then, last weekend, I was at the movies (saw Please Give, which I enjoyed a lot) and as I walked to the restroom, I noticed the carpet had a stylized sun pattern on it. The first thing that popped into my head was the open door tattoo. And I started pondering how I could incorporate a sun or a moon or angel wings or anything at all into the open door design.
And, while we're at it, how do you remind yourself to stay open to the new?
***I found the awesome photo on Free Range Stock.