Okay, I have been thinking long and hard about this… and I think I am finally ready to bring my thoughts out into the open for others to consider. I have been thinking about getting a tribal line style face tattoo for a long time. But, now… after much consideration have decided what it would look like if I got it done.
Now, I know what some of you might be thinking. He’s hit the mid-life crisis moment. Truth be told, I hit that a while back when I realized that I would be spending the next decade trying to figure out what parenting is supposed to look like.
This however, is genuine and not reactionary.
A lot of people would ask why… and a lot of people would mention an inability to find job placement in the future. I have already considered both of these with great detail.
Here is each one in short.
As for work, yes, having face tattoos does make it harder to find a job. That is a given and anyone that thinks otherwise is in denial. I however am rounding the corner to the end of my thirties. And with that I have already established a career that doesn’t require me to deal with the public. With that, if for some reason my current job fell apart, it may be hard for employers to take me seriously in the interview, but the extensive background in my career field speaks volumes. My back up option (something I went to school for) would also be something that doesn’t require face time with the public. If for some reason however, neither of these worked out because of something like health or region of living, my skill set would be limited to lower paying jobs like being a barista anyway. And although it would be a little harder in this job area, the pay cut and my determination would pay off and I would be employed somewhere. People that don’t have a job, regardless of what they look like, don’t have them because they have quit trying to find one.
And two, why in the world would I do something silly like tattoo lines on my face?
Well, the answer is simple, and to be honest, internal. You see, I don’t feel obligated to meet the status quo. Just because the main flow of existence is heading in a direction with everyone looking, thinking, acting, dressing, buying, and doing the same… doesn’t mean that I have to do the same to be happy. I am my own person. You only live one life. So, despite the main stream, live your life. Do it despite opinion. Life is too short to care what others think about you.
Some would say that doing something like this is so that you stand out or even the desire for attention. You see, the opposite is true in this case. Sure, I will get some looks. And yes, it will cause conversation “with me” and even when I’m not around. That aside, I am a reflective person. And my conclusion is that the world is too uptight by requiring a “social norm”.
There is no normal, only average.
And I’m not average.
I’m the only me there will ever be.