Tattoos to some are just a piece of art that has no meaning, but mine is one that truly means more to me than just that pretty picture. This tattoo is a symbol of how I have grown from my struggles with anxiety. Through the learning process of how to handle my anxiety and challenge the feelings that would overwhelm me, these are the words I told myself. I would use these words to calm myself down, and find a way to break down whatever was making me feel this way into smaller steps, where an end goal was more attainable. I have had to learn how to take things, literally, “one step at a time” to get to that bigger picture I was originally aiming for.
The arrow symbolizes the words “keep moving forward.” These words tie into my challenges with anxiety, as I knew I had to keep pushing and moving forward through the struggle if I ever wanted to overcome it. I had to learn and teach myself how exactly to handle the feelings, and find what worked for me and what didn’t. If you think about how a bow and arrow functions, you know you must pull it back to shoot it forward. So, this can also show the set backs and mistakes I made along the way in finding those ways that worked to handle the feelings, and here I am now with knowledge on how to successfully handle my anxiety. I had to have those set backs and make those mistakes to get to where I am now!
So this tattoo is not only a reminder of exactly how to handle any anxious feelings when they come along, but also a reminder to myself of what I am capable of doing. I know if I try hard enough and set my mind to something I can accomplish anything one step at a time.