In yesterday's comment, Ruthibelle asked why the Black Panther was a reflection of my inner self, (the pic I have on the right sidebar) so I've decided to explain...
Ever since I was a child, I knew what kind of personality I had...Feline! I'm the kind of person who can be very social, enjoy a certain amount of attention, and provide love and affection easily. On the other hand, I can withdraw and be content left to my own devices. I'm very independent, don't mind being alone and can fend for myself; however, can and will attack quickly and fiercely if provoked. Like a cat, I'll "hiss" at first to let you know you're entering into a danger zone and if the annoyance doesn't end, then I'll "bite or scratch" (verbally in the human case) and be done with it and the situation.
Of the many cats there are in existence, I feel I'm closely in keeping with Black Panthers...
"The Black panther is a rare, fearless, powerful and intelligent animal. It is one of the most aggressive and most feared animals in the world...Being symbols of power, courage, and leadership...Sometimes, animals are used to describe people’s personalities and characteristics. Black panthers are used to describe beautiful and courageous women. This is because black panthers are gentle and loving with their children, yet fearless in defending their families." (taken from Black Panther Animal)
The aforementioned description, does in large part describe the kind of person I am. I have two tattooes of Black Panthers; one is a panther in motion above my left ankle and one on my lower back of the head of a panther and its claws. It looks as if the head and claws are coming out of my back. I chose the latter because cats are stealthy and it represents my more dark side as if to say, "watch out if you mess with me!" The former is more delicate in appearance and I chose that one because it shows motion and I'm always on the move.
So, I hope that clarifies things for you Ruthibelle and anyone else who wondered, but didn't ask.
Love to live; live to love!