Personal Narrative: My Tattoo

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I've been receiving a lot of heat for my tattoo from strangers who often don't know what it means to me, why I got it in the first place, or what it's supposed to resemble.

This tattoo is an image of the tree of life.

It shows a singular tree, embedded with thick roots, and a plethora of branches and leaves. People often see an ordinary tree, but to me it's something more than that.

To me, I see peers, family, and friends making a foundation.. a building block for that singular tree, giving it nothing but strength to hold itself up.

I see all the leaves this tree has made as tough decisions. I see the leaves as opportunities taken. I see the leaves as a chance this tree has risked, all because the roots that hold this tree up has formed
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