It has been a while since I last posted but I am finally back to writing. Sometimes you need to take a break because your mental health is more important and that is exactly what I did.
I thought that today would be a good day to write about the semicolon project which started back in 2013. I always found beauty in tattoos and I remember wishing to have a few of my own. I started with a small and meaningful tattoo which was the semicolon. The semicolon represents an author who could have ended his sentence, but chose not to. This project provides hope and love to those struggling with anxiety, depression, suicide, self-injury and addiction.
I still feel that till this day, mental illness is a huge stigma. People avoid talking about it, but with this project, it not only helps the person feel “proud” of saying that they have a mental illness but it also is a conversation starter. People will ask you what it means and more people will become aware of mental illnesses.
“Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all” – Bill Clinton
To be honest, I believe that everybody has some sort of mental illness and it is nothing to be ashamed of. I suffer from OCD and anxiety everyday of my life and there are many good days but there are also bad days. There were plenty of days where I simply wanted to end things, but I decided to keep on going and my tattoo represents the constant battle inside my head, but at the same time it represents the strength that I have to continue moving forward.
During the bad days, I feel like I simply want to remain in bed for the whole day but I am grateful for the support my boyfriend provides me on a daily basis; however, do not feel that you need somebody or something to get up. You have all the strength in you to fight off the monster inside your head. Don’t get me wrong, support is very important but ultimately getting out of bed is your decision.
On an important note, if you ever feel suicidal please contact the helpline in your country and get the support that you need to keep on moving forward with your life because everybody has a purpose in this world.
I am going to end this post with one of my favourite quotes from Alice in Wonderland. “Have I gone mad?” “I’m afraid so, you’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret…All the best people are”.