Midlife Crisis – Dads New Tattoo!
At 42-years-old I did something the other day that many people would consider a midlife crisis. I got a new tattoo! Before you start judging me and stating “Aaron went off the deep end!” Let’s look at a few things openly and honestly. I want to talk about the words “midlife crisis.” I am not overly fond of that phrase. I think it implies that my life is half over, I am in crisis mode and I have nothing better to do with myself.
Midlife Crisis Revealed
The words “midlife crisis” is an insult to me and the phrase should become an insult to any man. I realize the scientific basis behind the terminology. A man somewhere around their 40th year realizes they have less time and things to look forward to and they are at the “midpoint” of their life. I want to go on record and say “bull crap!” I look forward to the NBA Playoffs every year, the Superbowl and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition (hey sometimes you just have to become honest with yourself!)
If a person is in their midlife, I believe they can always find things to look forward to. I am looking forward to the Avengers coming out on DVD. I am looking forward to my son getting potty trained before he is 30 years old (see Zero Tolerance – Potty Training Nightmares) I look forward to the day I get to watch television that doesn’t include the Disney channel. I am even looking forward to winning the powerball and hiring a nanny!
A midlife crisis wouldn’t be complete without a crisis (if I had one.) The terminology “crisis” implies that something is wrong with me, that I must not feel well or that I don’t understand how to handle life around me. Let me state that my son wouldn’t allow this “crisis” to become a reality. He is my day and my life. I have to handle him everyday. It is mandatory that I stay one step ahead of him otherwise he might win!
Bring It On
If people want to discuss whether or not I am in a midlife crisis and they think that my son is the cause of it, I would have to tell them to “bring it on!” I would like to see these people get down in the floor and build with blocks, an entire city, over and over while reciting the alphabet (sometimes without burping.) My son and I both have better things to do than work on an imaginary crisis! He is working on placing me in a nursing home and I am working on potty training him!
Now that I have discussed the reasons I am not going through a midlife crisis and I might or might not have you convinced of this. The question you are now asking yourself is, “Aaron, how can you get a new tattoo at 42-years of age?” My answer is simple, “Why not get a new tattoo at 42-years of age?”
Tattoo represents my last name!
A tattoo is not a midlife crisis to me. I got my first tattoo when I was 32 years old. I had wanted one since I was 18 but they were illegal to get one in the state I grew up in (they no longer are illegal in Oklahoma) I remember being 18-years-old and not understanding how my state could decide they were harmful to my young mind. I wondered at that time if Oklahoma knew something I didn’t know about tattoo’s….maybe they would cause me to go sterile? maybe they would make me curse like a sailor (back then I had that one covered!) or worse yet maybe they would give me independent thought?????
Tattoo represents my childhood and strength! (Left calf)
Tattoo’s to me are a part of my identity. I don’t mean that I am going to become the next sideshow attraction. I mean that each one I have gotten has meaning to me. They all represent something in my life. I have made sure that each of my tattoos is not readily viewable. Most people wouldn’t even know I have one unless I told them.
Tattoo representing my birth month.
I plan on getting at least one more tattoo that will represent my son. One of his nicknames is X-man and I would like to get some Wolverine claws with his birth date inscribed in them. If you want to judge me for having tattoos go ahead. Personally, I know as long as you’re talking about me I am saving someone else from having that same horrible fate and besides I am a good subject to talk about (I am not vain either! see Vanity – Good, Bad and Ugly)
Everyone has some form of self-expression. Whether you agree or not I have chosen a form of body modification. What do you do as a form of self-expression? Do you have and tattoos? If you don’t have you ever thought about getting a tattoo? Tell me in the comments!
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