My Latest Tattoo

tattooAs you can see, the quote on my arm is the same quote by the title of my blog. “You don’t choose a life. You live one.”, says it all. I first heart this quote on the movie “The Way” when Martin Sheen is riding in the car with his son taking him to the airport. Martin explains that he doesn’t have the time to just run off like his son does. That is when he says “You don’t choose a life dad, you live one.” It’s true. You didn’t choose your mother, your father, your siblings, the people who have become a part of your life, the weather, a disease you have, or when someone dies. All you can do is live the life that you are given and live it the best way you know how. That movie has changed my life and now this quote will forever be apart of my life.

The airplane: In a way it is tied to the quote and then again it’s separate. An airplane represents an airport which represents freedom for me. An airport is where anything is possible. You can meet people from all over the world. There are people working, people flying to their job, people who are moving, having national or international affairs, people who are running away, coming back from deployment and people chasing dreams. At an airport you can go anywhere in the world you want to, anywhere. I even enjoy the smell of the airport. It’s a mixture of stale popcorn, Starbucks’ steaming coffee, and brand new Samsonite suitcases circling the baggage claim. It is a place where every emotion can be felt, from sadness, anger, lust, emptiness, jealousy, and happiness. You see a woman riding the escalator down to baggage claim and a man holding a rose, waiting at the bottom for her. A family holds up a Welcome Home sign and you anticipate to see a soldiers face walk through the door and feel your heart sink when they lock eyes. A woman running back and forth to the security line to say good bye one more time to her beloved, and then one more time again until he is through security. Her face empty as he passes though and he waits for his camouflaged bag to be cleared. Anything and everything you wish to know and observe about the human kind can be learned and felt at an airport.  Sitting in a chair at the airport, near the entrance and before security, you can see so many people’s lives pass by before your eyes. You realize what a small space in this world you occupy and you realize that your only human.



9 Comments on “My Latest Tattoo

  1. You are truly in for one of the highlights of your life. I left on April 13, 2013 and arrived on the anniversary of the darkest day, May 17th. Feel free to explore my blog, caminowithcullen.wordpress,com.
    After reading, email me and I’ll share my arm tattoo with you.

  2. I’ve been aware of your blog for a long time because of my interest in the Camino. I just read your thread “Shot Down” on the Camino Forum.
    I just wanted to send you my very best wishes with your plans – you are my daughters age – I will send $10 when I can, sorry I’m broke so can’t afford more.
    I notice that you have a long way to go with your fundraising – are you going to make it ? I hope your studies and family life go well and you make it to your Camino. Very Best Wishes, from chilly England, Steven

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