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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I Am Better Today Than I Was Yesterday

I have adapted a new mantra. “I am better today than I was yesterday”. Whether or not this is true doesn’t matter. The point of it is that I am better today no matter the situation because I am here today.

So many people went to sleep the night before assuming that they would be around the next day. This is something that I took for granted for a long time. I’m here for a purpose. Even though at this moment I’m not really sure of what that purpose is I know I’m here for one. I can’t let another day go by without saying and living my mantra.

This new way of thinking also helps me stay positive and moving ever forward. No matter how bad things are today I know that my life is better than it was yesterday. It helps me to realize that I am better today than I was yesterday because of the experiences of yesterday. Yesterday has taught me how to act today and today will teach me how to proceed tomorrow. I am better today than I was yesterday.