I’ve watched countless number of friends get tattoos, and a little part of me always wanted on too. There was just one problem: I absolutely H A T E needles.
By now, I think most of you know that I’m a diehard Mets fan. If you didn’t know, SURPRISE! It’s true. About two years ago, my wonderful mother suggested I get a Mets tattoo. I was honestly just shocked that suggestion entered her brain and exited out of her mouth. From that point forward, the idea was cemented in the back of my mind.
Fast forward to April 2017. I felt like every time I turned around, someone I knew was getting a tattoo. The more I saw people getting them, the more I wanted one. But what was I going to get? Where was I going to get it? The questions surrounding this decision overwhelmed me. I was going through the process of what was going to be months and months of incredibly horrendous hell, personally, so if I was going to do this, I was going to get something meaningful.
Did I really want to get a Mr. Met tattoo? Or a tattoo of the Mets emblem? Not particularly. I know I’ll be a Mets fan for the rest of my life, but I wanted something that was bigger than baseball yet still tied back to the orange and blue. Then it hit me; “Ya Gotta Believe” was going to be the tattoo. For those who may not know, back in 1973, the Mets had a relief pitcher named Tug McGraw (Yes, this is Tim McGraw’s father. My love for Mets baseball and country music has a strong connection). McGraw coined the phrase that ultimately became the rally cry for the New York Mets, and has stayed as an important slogan to the fan base ever since. “Ya Gotta Believe” sparks faith and belief that anything is possible.
That’s why getting it as a tattoo was so significant; while I am able to show constant loyalty, passion and love for my favorite baseball team, the slogan can be interpreted to mean something bigger than baseball. My tattoo, those three words, signify me believing in anything and everything I do in life. It’s a constant reminder to believe in myself; even when times are really rough. Getting this tattoo, was one of the best decisions, I made. When I’m feeling down, when something isn’t going as planned, I just look at my arm and say to myself: “Lauren, Ya Gotta Believe.”