I am learning to be more like the cardinal - to sing freely, loud and clear. I have a voice that is unique. I can use it to add something beautiful to the world. In relearning how to use my voice I am developing more respect for myself, and am growing beyond the fear the kept me small for many years. Now I have dignity. The cardinal in my tattoo is in a position of prominence, wings spread wide, soaring upward. It reminds me to follow suit. I will no longer make myself small. I will not hide. I will spread my wings as wide as they will go and use my voice to leave this world better than I found it.