So this happened today…
A couple of friends and I went and got tattoos together. It was a ton of fun! I got two new tattoos, I guess could be classified as “literary tattoos” (I obviously can’t get enough of this particular theme when it comes to my body-art.) They satisfy the book-nerd in me!
On my forearm I had “awake my soul” tattooed in Jane Austen’s script. Why a Mumford & Son’s song quote, written in a long dead author’s “script”?
When I was ten years old I discovered Jane Austen, and the writer in me. It happened at what is still one of my favorite places in the world, a library. Our local library was a beautiful building, the facade was covered in coral rock, the interior, dark mahogany wood, and it smelled like heaven. I happened upon a junior version of Pride and Prejudice serendipitously in the children’s library. I loved it, and soon discovered it wasn’t the original. I bravely made my way into the grown up library, a magical place with its shelves that reached the stars and quickly found my way to Austen’s classic. I didn’t realize it was a classic, as I stood on tiptoes to see the top of the check out counter. The librarian raised an eyebrow at me, and asked if I’d like to read the “junior version instead, you know, the one with pictures?” I replied in turn, I’d “already read that version- three times”, and wished to read the original. She smiled at me and stamped the card at the back of the book. I remember feeling like I held a treasure in my hands as I walked away.
The discovery of Jane Austen’s book, essentially awoke my soul to writing. I also can’t help but adore the meaning behind the lovely song.
Just below my thumb I had two teeny-tiny quotation marks placed. It’s to act as a bit of a reminder to me, to not forget about my “passions”. I especially love this quote by Truman Capote, “To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music the words make.” It essentially describes exactly how I feel about the tattoos I got today.