Growing up Emily always felt trapped to become a certain person who had a certain set of skills. Emily felt that no matter how hard she tried she never felt the freedom to be who she wanted to be. When Emily realized this sad truth she started to explore less of who she was expected to be and more of who she wanted to be. That was the lesson behind this tattoo. The birds symbolize freedom; freedom to be whoever she wants to be. Now, every time she looks at her right arm it’s a reminder that she is not trapped by other people’s opinions because she alone can decide her own fate and who she wants to be!