Tattoos Are The New Therapy

Tattoos Are The New Therapy

Tattos and what they have done for me
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Tattoos are a growing trend in this day and age and usually, people tend to question, " Why did you get that" or " What does that mean to you?'. There are those cases when sometimes a person just gets a tattoo based solely of the way it looked or they liked the particular piece of art or style, but I tend to go a little bit more in depth.

Tattoos to me are a form of therapy due to the fact that they can tell a particular story. May it be from a certain day in my life, a quote from a letter, or a piece of art that represents my feelings, all of my tattoos have some sort of deeper meaning. After I got diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I saw a countless number of therapists, but I personally felt no connection with them nor did I have the urge to tell them my life story or any of the particular problems I could be facing.

For some reason, I had the urge to tell them story through tattoos. Have people be able to look at me and wonder what a particular piece means. Something about that interaction makes me feels more personal rather than me sitting across from some stranger mumbling words that I know they want to hear.

For example, I have the date I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder tattooed on my shoulder, I also have quotes from a letter my dad wrote me, as well as a poem I wrote. All of these tattoos hold some meaning to me. The fact that they are permanent only makes them more special because I know they will be with me forever and I'll look back when I am older and know why I got them.

Tattoos are a form of art. They may have a bad reputation to the older generation, but to some, they are really a form of therapy and expression. They spark conversations and create relationships with people you may have never thought you encounter or walk up to. There are so many different styles and cultures associated with them as well, so just the different backgrounds are a new awakening in itself.

I can write poetry and stories to express my self, but those are only shared with a select few. Tattoos give people the ability to share the ideas and feelings with anyone they encounter and I find peace in that. If you take the time and really think about what you want, in the end, you will create a beautiful piece of art.

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Board Games Are More Important Than You Think They Are

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Remember when you were a kid and you'd have a family game night? Or your friends would come over and you'd open the game cabinet and play at least three different games together?

Maybe it's just me, but those are some of my best memories from my childhood. My family loves games, board games, and electronic games.

Of course, as I got older, gaming consoles like PlayStation and Wii became more and more popular. That meant that the game cabinet was opened less and less, collecting dust.

Thankfully, I live in New Jersey near the shore and Hurricane Sandy left my family with no power for five days. Sure, it was scary not having power and walking around my neighborhood seeing fallen trees or roof shingles, but we were inland enough to not have had any flood water damage.

No power also meant no PlayStation or Wii games. The gaming cabinet was opened again, this time with vigor. Now, four years later, and I still think about sitting in the dark with a flashlight playing Scrabble with my family.

That was also the week I learned how to play Yahtzee and dominated my dad in every game. My sister constantly was looking for someone to play her to Battleship. We exhausted Rummikub.

The game was already a family favorite, and that's including extended family. Family barbeques had been ending with late night games of Rummikub for at least a year by the time Sandy hit.

We were ready to strategize and crunch numbers, but after day three, we never wanted to a number ever again.

This semester, there's been a surge of board game love again in my family. My sister bought Jenga, which we are currently trying to exhaust ourselves with. My favorite board game also had a comeback: Life.

I loved this game so much that I had the SpongeBob version as a kid. I would play it with my best friend, just the two of us, playing game after game of Bikini Bottom themed Life. Now, I have a car full of "kids" that I've started to make pets in my head. I can handle having five pretend dogs, but not five pretend kids.

I don't know what it is about board games, but my family has always had an affinity for them. We've gone through our cycles of playing video games and card games, but we always come back to the classics. Maybe it's more a defining part of my family than I originally thought.

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