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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This Has To Stop

This really has to stop. I know we’ve been target practice since we were brought over here against our will as slaves but at some point this has to stop. When are people going to realize that we are not the threat that they think we are? When will police get the proper training that is needed to deescalate a situation? Pulling your gun should be the last and final option not the first and only option.

This is what Colin Kaepernick is protesting. Injustice. Where are the people that villified him for taking a stand, or rather not standing, against injustice? Yeah they’re all quiet now. 

We need to realize that black people can’t make this change on our own. We didn’t cause the issue so we shouldn’t be the sole responsible party for fixing it. This is a group effort bit first white people need to realize that they are a major part of the problem. Once they realize and accept the damage that they have helped to create then and only then can we begin to heal.