I have several tattoos and some of them are fairly large. When I'm fully dressed, none of them are visible but in warm weather, they peek out from short sleeve tops, capri pants and sandals. There have been countless times when someone first learns that I have tattoos and says something along the lines of "I would have never expected you to have tattoos!"I used to be highly offended when this happened, taking it as an insult. I've never understood what it means. Even when I've asked, no one ever had a decent explanation for what they were trying to say. Many people seem to have preconceived notions about what a person with tattoos looks and acts like and I guess I don't fit that mold.
I recently told a co-worker about my desire to go to taxidermy school soon. The response was similar:
"Wow! I never would have expected that from you!" And that's when I got to thinking that I like being "different" and presenting people with the unexpected. Perhaps I'm giving people a gift by shattering their expectations. If everything happened just as we expected, life would be boring. Now don't get me wrong, I'm a planner and I like to know what's coming and try to prepare for it, but life doesn't always give me what I'm expecting either and sometimes I'm glad for that.