“To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.” – Confucius
Being the oldest of 9 brothers and sisters I jumped at the chance to freehand this tattoo for a client today. I wanted to do something different rather than the usual “family first” tattoo, so I came up with this design.
While I was doing this tattoo it made me really miss my little siblings; a few of them I haven’t seen since my dad’s funeral over three years ago, but thank God for Facebook and text messaging to keep in contact with them all.
My siblings are some of the most amazing people I know and every time I hear from then I am in constant awe to think that these are the same kids that I used to spend everyday with playing baseball in the yard and riding bikes, or in the younger kids cases, swimming and riding around on quads.
My family seriously means more to me then anything on this earth, and I have been thinking a lot lately about getting a “family” tattoo so I think I’m going to bump it up a few spaces on my tattoo-to-do list.
This tattoo would serve as a permanent reminder that in order to have greater peace within my own life, I need to put my family first all the time.