To My Loving Parents

To My Loving Parents

Thank you, mom and dad, you guys mean the world to me.

As you go to college, you're also going through a monumental moment in your life. You're finding out who you are as a person and what you want to do with your life. Also, finding the most amazing relationships with both your new friends but also finding time to see your best friends from home. However, most importantly you also miss your parents more than you thought you could.

The two people who have had the greatest impact on my life for these almost 20 years are the reason I've gotten how far as I am today. My mom and dad have always been my biggest supporters, and here are a few reasons why: they've gone to basketball games where I barely played a minute, they've picked me up after breakups with stupid boys, they've only called me dumb once when I got one out of my nine piercings, they've supported me when I got my tattoos which meant so much to me and the rest of my family didn't approve of. Finally, they have always given me more love and support than I could've asked for.

Along going with all these things, how do I thank you for everything that you guys have done? Thank you guys for giving me the best life, taking me to Disney World (my favorite place in the whole world) and letting me cry/rant/scream whenever I needed to. Thank you both for letting me eat as many doughnuts as I want. Thank you guys again for being the biggest support system, and as I turn twenty next month, I hope to give back to you both more as I continue on in life. I couldn't imagine a life without you two. Thank you for loving me the way I am and giving me the opportunity to be myself.

Thank you, mom and dad, you guys mean the world to me.

Cover Image Credit: Savannah McGuire

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Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semicolon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6. Greek symbol of Inguz: Where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya).

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love, and creativity or to put yourself into whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from "The Hobbit." It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength and stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyph means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe and the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can remind us of the inconsistency of life. It also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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