Alana's So Alive
I have broken my collarbone 3 times (1 scooter accident, 1 riding accident which resulted in surgery with a plate and then 2 weeks later there was a micro fracture under the plate and it snapped under the weight of the plate). Every time it’s broken the pain reminds me that I’m still alive and even though the pain makes me feel alone, I am alive.
Significance of the day/place/person with me:
On Novemeber 3,2016 my best friend’s brother committed suicide. He was found the following day. It came out of nowhere and we still don’t understand why. We never will and this weekend we were able to accept it. 20 years ago we dated for almost a year. He was such a deep man with a constant search for more.
I visited my best friend this last weekend on the anniversary of his death. 20 years ago I made her memorize the entire self titled album so that when we saw them in concert (in Redding, CA in 1997) she would sing along to every song with me. Our favorite song to sing together was always Motorcycle Drive By. So on a whim I decided to get the tattoo (my first!) with her on that significant date in that significant place on my body. It was very poignant and beautiful and I’m in love with it and all it means to me.
Of course I had to have it in his hand writing. Luckily I had brought my sweatshirt with me with the words on it. The artist copied it and the rest is now history.