9 Motivational Quotes To Help You Jumpstart Your New Year’s Resolution
Tattoo removal is a voyage that begins with a mix of hope and trepidation. The hope comes from looking forward to a life without your tattoo. For some that means new career prospects, an overdue farewell to a past romantic relationship or a redefining of the self. The trepidation stems from both an internal focus on the tattoo during the tattoo removal process (recalling its origin, meaning, and how it changed) and ultimately the letting go of what was once an integral part of your identity.
Everyone is looking for a new beginning, not just at the end of the year, but every day. The new year is just a convenient time to look back at the past and decide what’s needed in order to make the the next year better.
Of course, not every year is better than the last.
We get older, take on more responsibility and along with that comes additional stress. From starting a family to raising children and taking care of our aging parents and losing them, life seems to get more challenging, not less.
While these are facets we can’t control, there are some we can.
The Serenity Prayer, authored by Reinhold Niebuhr, comes to mind:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
Among the aspects of our lives we have power over, how we react to situations is one of them. Whether that be as fleeting as the way we respond to a selfish driver on the road, or something as distressing as an argument with a loved one, only we control the outpouring of our emotions and how they’re addressed.
Living with a tattoo you regret falls into this category.
For some, it’s a mistake that lives on to haunt us if we let it. We can either accept it as an experience that contributes to our being, or we can do something about it, like get it removed. Both remedies come from a healthy place and have the ability to help us let go of a heavy weight.
However, there is another all too popular alternative, which is to obsess over our mistake and beat ourselves up, never moving towards a solution. In this case, we enter a relationship with our regret, instead of our future. The tattoo becomes a burden, or worse, an excuse for our failures.
In the new year, many people will choose to have their tattoo removed, while others will grow to resent it.
For those struggling between the two, we encourage you to look at your options. Laser tattoo removal is very effective for most tattoos and can usually resolve unwanted ink within a year or two. That may sound like a long time now, but you’d be surprised how fast the time goes when you’re proactively taking control of your life.
As we enter into 2016, these are some of our favorite quotes about moving on and freeing yourself of the negative associations your tattoo holds, whether that be through acceptance or removal.
Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one. -Brad Paisley
There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. – C.S. Lewis
For a new year to bring you something new, make a move like a butterfly tearing its cocoon! -Mehmet Murat Ildan
Success means having the courage, the determination and the will to be the person you believe you were meant to be. -George Sheehan
Each year’s regrets are envelopes in which messages of hope are found for the new year. -John R. Dallas Jr.
Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect. -Alan Cohen
Cheers to another new year and another chance to get it right. – Oprah Winfrey
Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. -Carl Bard
I walk slowly but I never walk backward. -Abraham Lincoln