Skin Deep?


The picture shows my daughter receiving a tattoo recently.

As usual my mind & imagination started wandering around the theme of ‘skin deep’.

I think the term usually implies something shallow, of lesser importance, with no staying power.

The interesting thing about a tattoo is that it defies all of those assumptions. It is permanent unless we undergo pretty invasive surgery to remove it.

That set me thinking about how little importance we often assign to our words or the way we use them:

“Sticks & stones may break my bones but names (words) can never hurt me!” 

is a saying that was around when I was at school.

This surely is one of the most overused & underestimated phrases of many generations; as our cemeteries bear testimony to.

Words & names have the ability, just like a tattoo, to stick & be damn hard to remove. Very often their emotional & psychological effect leave visible scars too. Removal can be long, drawn-out & painful.

I hope that when I see a tattoo I will continue to be reminded that skin deep does not mean without impact or effect.

Take care until next time …

About waywood

Hi & Welcome to my thoughts. I share subjects that are important to me. As you’ll notice, these subjects can be quite broad & varied. I like variety; I like breadth & I like a challenge. I am passionate about helping others overcome their fears, grow in confidence & succeed. Although many people would label me as an achiever, I have battled low confidence, low self-esteem & a couple of nasty, long periods depression over the years. I can’t say, “I know how you feel” but I can hopefully empathise & offer some of the things that are helping me to turn my life around. Please feel free to comment, share & enjoy. Take care, best wishes & keep well Stuart
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