I’ve wanted a lotus flower tattoo ever since I read this quote:
"As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water, and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world." -Buddha
I’ve overcome a lot in the past year: I’ve learned through experiences good and bad to forgive, to move on, and to love myself, so this tattoo seems appropriate. After all the things I’ve been through, I’ll never doubt my strength again. I haven’t decided on the exact placement yet, but it’ll be somewhere in the region of the back of my neck. It will probably resemble the first picture most, as I prefer more simplified, linear tattoos, but I’m planning on drawing my own design so it’s original.