A faith-based organization has started a new trend by encouraging people to tattoo a semicolon symbol on their body, either temporarily or permanently.
As with most tattoos the significance is deeper than the picture itself, and in the case of the semicolon, it is a tragic story that ended with hope.
Project Semicolon was started by Amy Bleuel who tattooed the symbol on her arm as a tribute to her father, whom she loved but who tragically took his own life. The symbol is now meant as a gesture of support for those who suffer from disorders like depression.
Amy says that she was devastated by the loss of her father, feeling pain like she never felt before. But as her mental health was being endangered by the tragic event surrounding her family, she felt she wanted to help others and support them as one suffering person to another.
The semicolon on her arm is a reference to how the symbol is used in literature, where an author can end certain sentences but chooses not to, using a semicolon instead.
The organization Amy started hopes to transform the punctuation mark into a unified symbol of strength and courage in the face of life’s adversities. A way to support those who like Amy’s father, feel the challenges are too great.
But the symbol is now used not only by the faithful and hopeful, but by many for whom life sometimes seems to have no purpose. The young generations of all nationalities who suffer from stress and lack of purpose like no other before it see in it a meaning that goes beyond hope.
Some see the semicolon tattoo as a way to express their fortitude and unity, because the symbol does not belong to a national, racial or class concept, but rather the humanist based idea of strength and unity between all people.
The young see depression and anxiety as their generation’s global crisis, and many state that when older authoritarian figures demand more of them than they can or want to offer they can just look at the symbol and be reminded that all shall pass, while being reminded that they are not alone.
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