New addition to my growing tattoo collection. This one really means a lot to me. It’s a buddhist endless knot, done by Badi Ellis at Imperial Ink Tattoo in Florence, South Carolina. I’ve always felt the need for a spiritual life, and felt empty having no religion or philosophy to connect to. I was raised as a Christian, but as life went on, I lost faith in it, and eventually left it behind completely. It never felt right praying to and believing in something that I felt wasn’t true, or didn’t exist. But one day, I picked up a book about Buddhism, and connected with it immediately. I loved the fact that there was no requirement, so to speak, to believe in a certain god, since I had been told all my life that that was the only way to do things. The more I read and researched, the more it felt right. I never felt this way with Christianity, I always felt like I was doing something wrong, and it never touched me the way Buddhism does. The more I emerse myself in it, the more I fall in love with it. And this tattoo represents everything I love about it. Everything is connected. The things you do today, affect the things you do tomorrow, and affect the rest of your life. It reminds me to be a good person, and to do the right thing. Because if I don’t, I know it’s going to come around and be bad Karma in the future. The Buddha once said, “Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.” Even though it took 18 years of my life, I’m so glad that I’ve found my spiritual life, and I plan on hanging on to it and never letting it go.