Monday, November 10, 2008

Being the Might Have Been

"It's never too late to be who you might have been."
- George Eliot

When I heard this quote in a movie I watched last night, I immediately remembered this photograph taken by some friends of mine on a road trip through Venezuela. An unknown, just being who he wants to be at the moment. True, not all of us were meant to wear Viking hats, and I don't think that many of us want to. Yet, the originality of this man lies not in the use of his striking helmet but rather in the sheer pleasure that he's racing time and having a blast with who he is. It's just never too late to be who you were meant to be.

I often think in the same manner about tattoos. A tattoo is a lifelong decision, based firmly on your own acknowledgement of affixing a stamp unto your body. A personal art that defines you at a precise moment which will ultimately break the commonness of your nudity and offer an unspoken glimpse of your soul. My intrigue about this form of art is not really about its significance in the present but if it will stand the tests of time and continue to be meaningful in its decaying legacy. Perhaps that’s where we go wrong (or maybe it's just me).

We worry if the seventy-year-old grandfather will caress his grandson’s hair and either regret the fact that a pale anchor imprinted decades ago still stains his forearm or that he never really got around to getting it in the first place. What we should really be thinking is that maybe he’ll smile when he sees the anchor, or the lack of it, and keep on caressing the boy’s hair. Without questions, regrets or worries, that man, is exactly what he might have been. There’s the hitch.-


Carito said...

Ojalá descubra rápido yo también lo que debí haber sido para ponerme manos a la obra, porque s bien nunca es tarde para hacerlo, supongo que lo antes mejor!

Rol said...

Long Live Dead Poet's Society

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