Life; it’s Beautiful. It really is when you take a moment to stop and think about it. But, it’s not beautiful for everyone. It’s not beautiful for the millions of people who suffer from depression every year.
Depression is a condition that affects millions of people throughout the world and the numbers are climbing ever higher. Words cannot do justice to the feelings which people who suffer from depression experience. It’s a daily roller coaster with sharp dips, sharp drops, and rapid turns that appear suddenly and are over just as quickly.
All too frequently, people end their life due to the feelings of despair and hopelessness that these wild changes and mood shifts create. Death becomes an escape from the pain, the loneliness, and the sadness that can at times be all consuming.
This doesn’t have to be the case. Life can be different. However, it takes understanding this to begin effectively battling the effects of depression. Depression is very serious and should be treated. Several studies have shown that St John’s Wort is effective in battling depression. Speaking to someone about thoughts and feelings is also a huge help. While it is far more beneficial to speak with someone who is trained in mental health, speaking to anyone can help. Furthermore, speaking with someone might bring you to a willingness to talk with a professional.
In writing, the semi-colon is a simple piece of punctuation. It is used when an author writes a complete sentence, decides to pause; and then decides to keep going.
It’s a good symbol to use to bring awareness to depression. It symbolizes taking a pause. Taking a break. Stopping for a moment; then starting in a new direction when the moment has passed.
The other day, I was looking at tattoos on Pinterest. I enjoy the art of the tattoo and am considering adding a few to my growing collection. While I was looking at some truly amazing creations, I came across many beautiful tattoos that included a semi-colon. Sometimes, it was prominent and overt. Other times, it was carefully blended in as part of the overall mosaic of their life the individual wished to display.
The semi-colon has deep meaning to those who suffer from depression. Including it within a tattoo means that the owner came to a point where he or she really considered ending the sentence; then decided to continue writing. To see what the next moment, the next day, the next year has in store.
In all the hustle and tussle of daily existence, we often forget that each day is a gift which has been granted to us for reasons unknown. For those who wear it, it’s a symbol that they have accepted the gift of life regardless of the pain and hopelessness that can come with it.
To me, the semi-colon tattoo is a subtle wink to the world saying very softly, “It is; life it’s beautiful.”
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