The semicolon is a rather underappreciated piece of punctuation. If you remember your English class back at school, you will recall that the semicolon indicates a pause - but not an ending - in a sentence. Often, the semicolon is indicative of a change in tone or idea, something that is somewhat linked to the previous statement but is also simultaneously a new thought or alternate direction.
Although the semicolon isn't utilized very often in our day-to-day lives, a non-profit organization called Project Semicolon is hoping to raise this punctuation mark's prevalence by encouraging people to get it tattooed on them for a very powerful reason.
For a growing number of people, the humble semicolon has become a symbol of strength for survivors of suicide attempts. It is representative of that moment in life where they nearly ended the story, but ultimately fought to keep going.
Amy Bluel, the founder of Project Semicolon, got the idea when she wanted to honor her father whom she tragically lost to suicide.
"A semicolon," Bluel says on the project's website, "is used when an author could've chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life."
Although it was created for suicide survivors, it can also be used by anyone who has suffered from depression, addiction and other negative or self-destructive behaviors.
A semicolon is not an ending, nor is it a completely new beginning. It does not shy away from its past, and also boldly looks forward towards a more hopeful future.
The tattoo is also a way for other people recognize each other as survivors, so it's easier to find someone who understands the struggle.
The Semicolon Project also provides help finding resources for support and counseling for those in need. For emergency support or professional resources, contact 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Via: Aunty Acid