During my first week in Portland, I had two dreams.
My friend decided it was a good idea to get tattoos and convinced into it. Three of them: one large tattoo on my chest, another on my upper abdomen and a small one over my heart though I don’t recall what they looked like. Initially, I thought they were nice and that quickly enough soured into regret and I wanted them immediately gone. I do recall instantly disliking the small one, the third to be needled in. The funny thing was this friend of mine didn’t get any herself. I went from have zero to three tattoos seemingly in an instant (but in the dream world you can never tell time).
I don’t mind tattoos. Some people carry them well. I have a preference not to have any so it came as a surprise to me that I got these in my dream…not surprised with the resulting emotions though.
For some reason, I seemed to have thought blue hair would be a good look and went for it. The deed was done and the resulting emotions mimicked those of the tattoo. Of course, hair coloring has an easy solution if you don’t like it so the degree of regret I experienced in my dream was minimal but there.
After some introspection, I realised just how much of myself I wanted to preserve. It sounds a little strange, I know. I have the kind of flexible personality that adapts and blends easily and well to fit into the society around me.
So far I’ve seen a number of people around Portland with tattoos, hair of all spectrum of colors and piercings (if there’s going to be a 3rd dream, I bet it’ll be a new piercing or two). People here seem to be their own person and display that any way they choose. I like that. Of course, there are just as many people who look as ordinary as I do in passing.
Having come from a far away as the Caribbean where our cultures are different, I find myself feeling like there’s a lot to adapt to here. After a little chat with a friend who also recently moved to the US I realized that, although I’ve always thought I’ve been my own person, I’ll soon find out just exactly what that means.