“He offered her the world, she said she had her own.” –Monique Duval
The first time I saw this quote was probably when I was a freshman in high school on Tumblr. Back then, I used to spend HOURS scrolling through photos looking for the ones that made me feel the most so I could reblog them.
It never left my mind.
People see it and assume it’s a feminism quote or I got it because a man hurt me or something dumb like that.
It’s neither of those things. It’s all about independence to me.
I got it in November of 2014. When I started dancing I thought I needed to decorate my body a bit since it would be on display every night! After I got a few piercings I wanted, I was needle obsessed. I had gotten my first tattoo a year before this one so I had forgotten the pain– I felt it was time for another one.
In my line of work, a lot of my colleagues are looking for men who will take care of them so they can just quit working. I am not one of those girls. A large amount of my customers want to buy me a house and “take me away” from my job and basically, my entire life. But I have my own world and I will build it and earn it on my own.
My tattoo is located on my upper left inner arm:
When ever a customer suggests that they could provide a better life for me than I could for myself– I just point to my tattoo and they kind of get the idea.
Honestly, I had no clue who the author of this quote was until today. I really didn’t care and never did, it’s beautiful no matter who wrote it. I did look up the author now, for the sake of this post, and I’m absolutely pleased with who she is (Monique Duval); as I knew I would be.
When people would ask me who wrote it, I’d just respond like Timmy Turner on Fairly OddParents: “internet!”
(Challenge #2 / Day #11)