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Remember being a teenager and feeling so resolute about what was important to you? For example, as a 14-year-old, I was absolutely certain that my feelings for Floppy-Haired Boy would never change. I also knew, without question, that I’d never ever get a tattoo.
A large part of this had to do with my Christian upbringing, where the whole “your body is a temple” message came in hot from my grandmother. I don’t know how much I believed this, but I also didn’t care too much to question it because I couldn’t imagine committing to something so permanent anyway. (I mean, aside from Floppy-Haired Boy.)