My husband, Daniel, drew this for me one day when we were imagining potential tattoos for each other.
If you can't tell, it's a glasses-wearing cat writing in her journal which is being propped up by a hedgehog. Obviously there is a lot to interpret here, but from what I gather, I'm the cat? Maybe he's the hedgehog? I don't actually think he's the hedgehog. Maybe the hedgehog refers to my ability to utilize all things at my disposal? I'm not sure, but all I know is that --
1) I'm transfixed by this picture, and
2) It will never make its way onto any part of my body.
Like that cat up there, I like to write and I also wear glasses. Those things are true. While the cat is naked, I am often not. I tuck my shirts into my skirts and my pants into my riding boots and I wear some kind of bold statement necklace just to jazz it up. This is what I look like.
This is the best picture anyone has ever taken of any human ever.
This blog, Avoiding Atrophy, is about exactly what its name implies -- keeping yourself from becoming a lifeless pile of mush. To many of you, that might sound incredibly simple. Good for you. You probably always look great in pictures.
But for the rest of us -- those whose minds race, those who have huge dreams and no idea how to fulfill them, those who always regretted taking gymnastics instead of volleyball, those who love themselves on Monday and want to go on a break from themselves on Thursday -- we've got to find a way to keep it together and get the very best things out of this gift that is life.
That's where I come in. I'm a lot like you. I sweat when I don't want to and I forget friends' birthdays. My bangs will never stay in place no matter how they are cut, and I can't figure out how to do a sock bun.
But what I can do is write. I'm very good at it. I'm sure you are also very good at something wonderful.
So what I'm going to do is write down my experiences, my struggles, and my thoughts on living exactly as I am. Sometimes this will come in the form of wedding advice (because I had a wedding), my thoughts on marriage (because I have a marriage), or ramblings about living in the best city in the world (because I presently live in the best city in the world). Other times it will be me pleading for someone to teach me how to properly do a fishtail braid (I still have no idea).
Either way, stick with me, kid. We'll figure out how to avoid atrophy together.
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