(Also published today:
What I Want
To remember this when I'm in tears.
To remember that plus-size can be pretty
and it's a lot about the attitude.
To remember that although one of my greatest regrets
is I never was allowed to take dance lessons,
to remember to dance every day in my imagination.
To remember no matter what it is,
this too shall pass.
A dear friend of mine,
far more fluent than I in Korean,
sat with me on the phone, both of us with
Chinese symbol dictionaries on our laps,
searching for the characteres that translated into Korean
Not just "survivor",
but, "to survive immense emotional pain with dignity
and come out better for it".
Two symbols fit.
This is an example of
"does not quite translate into English".
My tattoo is hidden
unless I wear a swim suit
which isn't happening any time soon.
But I take immense comfort knowing it's there.
Because life is about mistakes.
No day is perfect.
They can just feel that way.
Cherish them when they do!
Let them go when they don't.
Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene. She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.