The “semicolon” is a small punctuation mark that has been transformed to create powerful  tattoos. It separates two thoughts but indicate that there is something shared in common.  If you don’t write often then you may not be too familiar with the semicolon but it’s becoming one of the most popular tattoos in the country.  

This represents a place where the author chose to continue with the story rather than ending it.  The author in this case would be that one that didn’t give up in life but rather kept pushing forward to find that light at the end of the tunnel.

The founder of “Project Semicolon” was a young lady by the name of Amy Bleuel. She lost her dad by suicide when she was 18 years old, and her tragic death in 2017 at the age of 31 was also ruled as suicide after many previous attempts.  This young lady endured so much in her life but left behind such a powerful story and project that is helping so many.

Depression and mental illness is ugly, it’s real, it’s courageous and it’s consistent.  Until you have walked in the shoes of someone battling this disease please don’t pass judgement.  Be kind, encouraging, uplifting and offer help to those that you know are struggling in this illness. Pay attention to those closest to you because often times those hurting the most wears the biggest smiles.

I am honored to be a voice for those that have lost their battle to mental illness.  I am excited to take this journey with those determined to win the battle in hopes that one day, they too can share their story to help others.  

When you see someone with this tattoo just know you have laid eyes on a true warrior.  Someone at war with their own thoughts daily yet they chose to continue with their story no matter how hard life seems.

I’m so proud of you…please never give up and remember, “It’s just a bad day not a bad life.”