When I first got my tattoo or even before I got it I really just wanted something that was pretty and something I liked. Sunflowers just so happen to be my favorite flower and that was good enough for me. I knew that a sunflower reminded me of the sun for the obvious reason and that it made me feel happy. To many a sunflower can mean loyalty, which is something I have a great deal of for my family. My family is the most important thing to me, they come before anything else. It’s the honest reason I chose a school that was only 20 minutes away from home. To know that my support system was only a hop, skip, and jump away. I can still attend family events without it being a hassle to find a way home.
A sunflower can also symbolize adoration, which is something that describes my feeling for my siblings. They are my favorite people to be around, even though the can annoy the crap at me at times. I happen to be the oldest of 6 which has caused me to become the mother hen, or “mom friend” to a lot of other people in my life. I worry about their safety, and hope they aren’t doing anything to insanely stupid. But I am also the person that people come to when they need support, or just a friend to talk to. Even if we aren’t friends, I am all ears and want to help everyone, it’s the older sister in me.
My tattoo also reminds me of how much determination I have. The tattoo artist said to me, “It’s not about your pain tolerance it’s about how determined you are to finish it”. Once I have set my mind on something, I will succeed no matter what it takes and I will complete that goal. This can be shown with many other objects in my life, like the Macbook I insisted I needed for college, but my parents thought otherwise. It took months of convincing, conversations that lead to nowhere and even arguing to make them believe that my decision was what I wanted and was the correct decision for me. But in the end my determination bought that macbook, and it made me sit through the annoying pain of my tattoo.
My tattoo at first was just an object that was permanently on my body but has become a constant reminder of my how much my family means to me, and my caring personality and my determined mindset that helps me pursue my goals.
This was my first ever college speech, and because it is kinda interesting and more so up lifting I thought I would share it! I was a wreck before I had this speech but it went way better than I thought. I actually scored a 90% on it, which exceeded my expectations. I hope you enjoy it, I put a lot of thought and effort into this on.
Til next time,