For me, there is an element of redemption in every tattoo. Each prick of the needle is a reminder that I have been permanently impacted by an event in my past, and that event has shaped who I am.
We belittle ourselves all. the. time. And we call it humility. But really we just don't have confidence in ourselves. It's not prideful to know and embrace the qualities that make us shine. And it is not humility to tear ourselves down.
Life is messy. And usually it doesn't make sense. But God can change our circumstances in an instant, and even though it might seem unlikely to us, His plans are better than ours ever were or ever will be.