There are plenty of ways to mark milestones in our lives. Celebrating our 30th birthday by partying with our besties. Heading off on a post-graduation trip to mark our newly-earned adult freedom. Buying an expensive car to indulge in a mid-life “crisis.” But what about when we hit 81? That’s easy. A tattoo, of course. At least, if you’re Dame Judi Dench.

Judi Dench

The woman who has starred in more movies than we can count — and has earned almost as many awards — continues to be major mentor #goals with her new body ink. Not the first time she’s dared to adorn her skin, check her out at the Gala Evening marking the 60th anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award earlier this month, where she had a sly 007 “diamonte” design on the back of her left shoulder.

Judi Dench _ 007

But this time around, the body art is MUCH more permanent. To celebrate her 81st birthday, the Dame had “carpe diem” tattooed on her wrist. A gift from her daughter, Finty Williams, Judi told Surrey Life, “That’s my motto: seize the day. Finty gave it to me for my 81st birthday — she’s wonderful with surprises.”

Carpe diem, friends, and happy birthday, Dame Judi!

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(h/t Vanity Fair, photos via Anthony Harvey, Eamonn M. McCormack, WPA Pool/Getty)