One recurring thought I’ve had for the past half a year, and even more so when I turned 25, has been to ask myself ‘when was the last time you did something for the first time?’ And time and time again, I feel like the answer should be instantaneous, or so automatic that the answer would be that very day. And this reminds me of that time my friend asked me what my essence was, kept me pondering for so long, and ultimately helped me find it.
I’ve been making an effort to try new things every chance I get. From finally getting my septum pierced when I traveled to Oregon earlier in the year, to trying new local food places that have been on my ‘to try list’ every chance I get. It’s these things that have accumulated from my bucket list that turned into first times that make it seem that much more special. Among those things are things I’ve always wanted to do and never did – and why not? I remember always having that thought to myself whenever I wanted to try something new, that my mom, my spouse, or my close friends wouldn’t approve. And now that I have a little bit more clarity, I’ve realized how foolish that sounds, to even have to doubt what I want to do for someone else’s approval.
So now when I ask myself when was the last time I did something for the first time, I have these answers! And I’m even happier to share that I finally crossed something off of my bucket list that I’ve always wanted, and that was to get a tattoo. And that was just yesterday!
This is my first, and I imagine of many. I’ve had this idea in my head to get a tattoo about two years ago, finally thought of the concept last year, and found the perfect artist to execute it. I got a consultation with Charlie Cung of Guru Tattoo in Little Italy a few months ago and knew he was the perfect artist to create this piece I envisioned. The day finally came yesterday to get it, and I couldn’t be happier with the results!
I know this may not be a big deal since getting tattoos isn’t really crazy or over the top for some folk, but for me it was definitely one of those things I’ve always dreamt of having but was always self conscious of what others would think or I’d worry so much about the pain factor. Needless to say, I’m in love! And that’s an understatement.
With this being my first tattoo, I definitely wanted to share it. And it got me thinking about other things I want to do that I haven’t done yet, especially those on my bucket list!
There are so many opportunities we have to create these ‘firsts’ in our lives, and it’s so strange to even recall our first times… like our first kiss, or the first time we traveled alone, and even the first time we went star gazing. As I recall these first times, I imagine what other firsts lie ahead… like the first time I’ll get to travel out of the country, the first time I’ll go rock climbing, and the first time I’ll go sky diving. No matter how big or small these feats of firsts may be, I’m just stoked that the opportunity is there and we have each day to make an effort to try something new and add new firsts to our list.
Each day we have that opportunity to answer that question, and I for one do not want to have it unanswered. So this is more so a reminder to myself to seize each day and the opportunities it holds to try something new and to make room for those firsts.
In turn I ask all of you, when was the last time you did something for the first time?