When You Believe…

sem·i·co·lon

ˈsemēˌkōlən,ˈsemīˌkōlən/

noun

a punctuation mark (;) indicating a pause, typically between two main clauses, that is more pronounced than that indicated by a comma.

Every tattoo on my body has some personal meaning to it. This is a marking that, unless I have it covered, I will bear for the rest of my life as a message to the world as to what I am about or was going through at the time. This is my newest addition.

As an mental health advocate and survivor of suicidal thoughts and depression I chose the word believe with a semicolon replacing the letter ‘i’.

This tattoo encourages me to bel;eve that things will be better and that this is not the end of my journey.

It’s one thing to just say aloud or to myself that even though times are hard that they will be better and things will be okay. It’s a total difference when you actually bel;eve that things will be better or different.

The bel;ef in a better way is what makes it happen. When you truly bel;eve that you will be okay, you will be. You have to bel;eve.

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My Ugly Shirt Theory

I compare the problems in my life to that ugly shirt that you can’t believe you bought, and can’t return, so you keep it in the back of your closet. It’s always there you just can’t see it until that one day when you’re looking for your other favorite shirt and you see it hanging there in all its ugly glory.

Hiding from our problems or hiding our problems won’t solve anything. If anything it will make Things worse. Face your issues right away instead of pushing them to the back of the closet only to be discovered at the most inopportune time, like when you’re running late and trying to find your second favorite shirt and all you can find is a closet full of ugly shirts.