Darryl John en Life lessons, Lifestyle, beBee in English STUDENT • UNIVERSITY of GLOUCESTERSHIRE 23/9/2016 · 1 min de lectura · 1,5K

Don't Judge Me You Don't know My Story

Don't Judge Me You Don't know My StorySo it was a lovely day the other day and I was walking back from shopping in a polo shirt with most of my tattoos showing, a lady approached with her daughter in tow and pushing a pram as she saw me I heard her say" well cross here that man has tattoos he"s probably a bad man". I thought about confronting her to ask why see presumed that but decided against it.

As I walked on I thought how ironic because somebody who has tattoos never judge's those without. I guess the media doesn't help as people who are in prison or play the bad guy always have tattoos. In truth people have them for a variety of reasons, to celebrate something in their life, to grieve,as a tribute,member of the armed services, to remind them of the trials and tribulations of their lives. Or to cover up some scars.Yes there are also gang and prison tattoos.

That little girl will grow up believing all people with tattoos are bad all because her mother made an instant judgment without ever knowing any of the facts. I do have 10 tattoos but none are offensive, or in an aggressive place like the neck or the face or head. They don't look stupid or depict something vile or controversial, yet the fact that I have them is enough to brand me as a bad person.

It saddens me to see how so many people judge others without knowing their story everybody does something for a reason my tattoos are visible but it happens to people who have illnesses or mental health issues, scars you can't see. This is why I never judge anyone I know nothing about, after all we are all born, bleed red and die where we are different is our journey and how we perceive others.

So my advice is to do whatever makes you happy don't worry what others think as they will judge you anywayDon't Judge Me You Don't know My Story

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Darryl John 28/9/2016 · #17

#16 Thank you I am glad you enjoyed it

Franklin Coetzee 28/9/2016 · #16

Well said, good post

Darryl John 28/9/2016 · #15

#14" very poetic and a true statement thank you for your comment

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mohammed khalaf 28/9/2016 · #14

I think my friend as said Frank A. Clark "Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots."

Darryl John 28/9/2016 · #13

#12 Good man I am having one more on my inside forearm that says don't gain the world and loose your soul

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Graham🐝 Edwards 28/9/2016 · #12

Nice story and great message @Darryl John. I have four tattoos... a Scottish unicorn with the words "light and love", a Welsh Dragon (both to mark my heritage), a sun (to remind me to shine) and a moon (to remind me to reflect). I am proud of them all. A fish one is on the way... 'Know thyself". (in the original greek). People can judge me all they want and I will simply smile... I will laugh if they get to "judgy".

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Darryl John 28/9/2016 · #11

#10 yes definitely they are popular now and even with some older people I never had any until my late 20s early 30s and they do become quite addictive I usually say no more then end up having that just one more

Mark Anthony 28/9/2016 · #10

Hi @Darryl John. I didn't think those people still existed, perhaps I'm being naive. Judging anyone for what is on the outside is dodgy ground and, very unattractive. The whole "people getting tattoos because of some Psychological insecurity and the like may hold some truth, for some. But, I would suggest , that in itself is a very judgemental attitude. As you say people get tattoos for a variety of reasons. And, maybe, it is only by knowing many different people, from different walks of life that one gets to realise this. In my experience it is people who stay within their own cliques and groups , know little about the other groups, memes and cliques that make these judgements. I find tattoos attractive, some see it as body art and, nowadays many different people, from different walks of life have them.