Posted by: mydarkestplaces | December 27, 2010

“Expletive Deleted”

I swear like a sailor.

I’ll admit it – here before god and the intertubes – I have absolutely foul language. I tend to avoid it online because things that happen online tend to stay public long after the fact (e.g. earlier this year the Library of Congress acquired all tweets sent out after March of 2006). This is why I surprised even myself when I decided to tattoo a certain 4-letter word on my arm.

To be clear, the message is in braille. It’s far enough up my fore arm to be easily covered. And it’s also a message that I felt I literally had to have a permanent reminder driven into my skin.

For those who can’t read braille, it says, “F*** It.” If you’ve read my post about Rachel’s improv class (I’m taking it for the second time), then you know that this is our class motto. A slightly crude way of saying, “Go big or go home,” if you’re going to fail, do it with authority. Great things come from mistakes, I just have to have the ability to “f*** it,” and go for it. Tennyson wrote, “Better to have loved and lost than never have loved at all.” This is something that can be adapted to the rest of life.

When considering all the ways that I could say this, “commit to the bit” and “fail big,” are two ways that my classmates and I will say “f*** it,” in class. I toyed with the idea of getting “fail big” as a tattoo.

But when it comes down to it, the F Bomb really is one of my all time favorite words (sorry, Mom and Dad) and F*** It just really resonates with me.

Suffice it to say, I don’t think I’m ever going to forget to just “f*** it” from here on out.


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