As I scrolled back to find my original post about “Have a Nice Life,” I almost just shared this, and left it at that.
I think I can say a few more words. ( But please read the link above!)
I recently got my third tattoo and I promised everyone on Facebook that I would explain the meaning.
It has been a phrase that I have kept with me ever since the last time I visited my Grandma.
As I held back tears and tried to figure out what to say, knowing that I would never see her again, in pure Grandma Fashion, she made me laugh and eased the tension by saying, “Have a Nice Life,” as I made my way out the door.
It has been over 5 years since I heard her say those words and I have been doing my best to take them literally.
The sarcastic phrase reminds me to not be so serious. When there are people I have spent too much time stressing over, these words remind me to walk away or refocus my energy. They are a constant reminder to work on myself and to make the best of my time on Earth.
When I read at her funeral, I ended my words with, “I am not afraid of wrinkles, because if it means I smiled as much as grandma, I’ll take every one of them.”
I can’t claim biology passed it on to me, but I can work every day to find something to smile about and hopefully to help put a smile on other people’s faces.
I can have a nice life.
And now, I have the tattoo on my forearm to remind me daily to do just that.
Thanks to Nomadic Tattoo in Maple Creek for squeezing me in last minute!