Often we look to inspirational leaders and prominent figures for words of wisdom. After all, they’re often in the public eye and are great motivational speakers. When we see inspiration from other sources (like your parents, the newspaper, or words from a friend) this can sometimes be overlooked as clichés. The same words are often repeated so much that we don’t see how it’s inspiring until it resonates with us in one life activity or another. Here’s mine.
I briefly spoke about how each of my 7 tattoos represent a pivotal point in my life. Each one is a reminder to myself about events I have learned something from. I’ve got a tattoo on each forearm and am often asked what they say. Now that I’ve got the bigger quote on my right forearm (‘A life lived in fear is a life half lived’), not many notice the smaller one on my right wrist.
I used to get sceptical looks and the question ‘are you crazy? why would you do something like that?’ is clearly written on their face. Why would someone tattoo the word ‘Fool’ (or sometimes it has been misconstrued I had ‘Food’) tattooed under an image of a paw print?
7 years ago, I was at a crossroad in my life where I had to make a monomentous decision on whether to further my studies to allow me to teach, find a better paying job or to further my aspirations to work in the psychology sector. I was struggling with which path to take although I knew firmly in my head that teaching was not in my future. I often consulted online horoscope and tarot sources for inspiration when I was shown the Fool card.
The Fool card represents the beginning of all creativity and a desire to accomplish new goals (or to, at least, start the process of working towards those goals). The Fool indicates that anything can happen and the opportunities are just waiting to be taken advantage of.
The Fool represents the need to set forth on a new journey, one that is completely unknown and will take you to uncharted territories. The Fool is all about new experiences, personal growth, development and adventure. The Fool Tarot card asks you to take a ‘leap of faith’ and to trust in the Universe in that if you begin a new journey, you will find success. This Fool lives a carefree life, free from worry and anxiety. He does not seem to mind if he does not really know what lies ahead.
That wasn’t the explanation I was given on the day I received the reading, but it’s pretty close. I was close to giving up on a dream that I had for over 10 years. Every avenue I took seemed to reach a dead end. A person can only attempt something so many times before they give up on hope. The Fool card reminded me that to take that leap of faith, sometimes the Fool is seen as just that: for taking risks without knowing what lies ahead, the Fool’s determination is seen as a waste of time. What others don’t see, is that the Fool’s determination is what brings him to succeed.
Eventually I did get to where I want to be: to live in Edinburgh and to become a better person, to enrich myself and to do what makes me happy.
The world has opened up to me since I came to Scotland 7 years ago and with the encouragement and support of my OH, I am now exploring different paths to creativity, fitness and expressing myself through what I create: in written word and garments among other things. I have a visual reminder of what I need to remember, so here’s my words of inspiration to you.
Don’t let others stop you from achieving your potential. You have a wealth of knowledge, determination and drive to succeed in what you do best. Follow your heard and take your leap of faith into the unknown. Trust that your desire to succeed in something you’re passionate about will bring you a life filled with self satisfaction and empowerment.