“Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo.”
I like this analogy. It states a truth that we often forget. Failure is not forever. Like a bruise, it hurts when it happens and it can be ugly, but it goes away and in time it is over and done. But if we press on a bruise or continually hit the spot it will get bigger, more sore and tender, and uglier. Same with failure, if we continually replay it and don’t let it go it will fester and the hurt will never heal.
I know about failure. I have had lots of it in my life. Some like little dips in the road and some deep as an abyss. Some were easy to remedy some will never be completely fixed, but life goes on. Some went away quickly with no lasting effects and some took a lot of work to get past. Then there are some that linger in my mind and heart that if I am not careful they could become a bad tattoo, the choice is mine.
I like tattoos. I am sort of a tattoo stalker and there are some beautiful ones, like my butterfly, and there are some that are just ugly and stupid. A bad tattoo is a failure that really won’t go away.