The meaning behind my tattoo, for any of you who care.

First of all, the most obvious thing, Harry Potter. It was my childhood and has been one of the biggest things in my life since I can remember. Not only that, but it pretty much saved my life. I have clinical depression, and I’ve gone through some pretty tough stuff with it. Reading those books always took me to a place where I could be away from myself, my mind, my imperfections, my abusive father. It kept me away from my hard reality.

Secondly, the words “all was well” have great meaning to me. They’re there to remind me that everything will be okay in the end, again relating to my struggles with depression and other things that have or ever will go on with my life.

For those who say I’ll regret this, or that Harry Potter won’t mean as much to me in ten years, or twenty, whatever it may be: I don’t believe that. If you’re saying that, it probably means that you haven’t had the same experience with Harry that I have. Which means that you will never understand, and I can never make you. But those books have had a lasting impact on my life. I honestly believe that I may not be here today if I hadn’t had those books.

I’ve wanted this for three years, and I don’t believe I’ll ever change my mind about it. I love it. And I always will.