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Why is my tattoo so important to me?

September 12, 2016


“Project Semicolon exists to encourage, love, and inspire.”

I only turned 18 last week, and I’ve already plucked up the courage to go and get a tattoo of something which means a lot to me personally. If any of you have been following my blog, reading my posts, or even follow me on Twitter; you may be aware that I suffer from anxiety- a mental health illness that many others experience worldwide.

My tattoo is a small semicolon on my left wrist as you can see from the picture above. It’s a representation of hope, strength, bravery and awareness. It’s a constant reminder that my story is not ready to end, and that my sentence just requires me to pause and carry on.

For someone who constantly believes everyone is better off without me, that I’m a constant burden and that everyone hates me, this tattoo is also a reminder that it’s okay not to be okay. My story is going to have dilemmas, but in the end, everything will be okay.

Considering the fact that I couldn’t even speak on the phone to a stranger or order her own food three months ago, I am incredibly proud of myself for stepping out of my ‘comfort zone’ and getting a tattoo on my own. For many, this may seem like such a simple task, but for someone like me who has panic attacks in a lot of social situations, overcoming this fear of ‘people judging me’ was part of my tattoo journey and experience.

Above all, I want my tattoo to make a statement. A statement that shows that mental health issues should not be stigmatised. I am very vocal about my experience with anxiety, and that won’t ever change for the very reason that people need to be aware of these issues that millions face worldwide. I am not going mad. I am not psychotic. I am still as human as you reading this right now. I still love. I still care. I still have the ‘weirdest’ and most dorky personality. I can’t help feeling these things- and I can’t help the fact that my bad anxiety days make it even a struggle to get out of bed and complete simple tasks such as going to work.

My semi colon represents my story. A story of strength, hope and my own crazy journey. After everything my mind has decided to throw at me and destroy me with, I’m still here. And guess what? I’m doing pretty amazing. My anxiety will not ever win, no matter how much it tries. Fact. I’m stronger than that. Of course it will linger and I’ll have ‘bad’ days, but I’m still here- and I will be for a long time. As much of a miracle in itself that may be, I still have a lot more to offer this world and the people around me. My story is just getting started.

I hope people ask me all about my tattoo. All about the story and meaning behind it so I can share my experience for the benefit of others. It’s time we decreased the stigma that surrounds mental health one person at a time. My tattoo is not only personal to me, but a reflection of what many other people have to battle against daily. If you have any type of mental health illness, this is for you. Stay strong, stay bold, and stay fearless. You deserve to be loved and appreciated as much as anyone else in this world, and you don’t deserve to ever doubt that. You’re still here reading this, so make your story the best story it can be. Paint it all over the walls, dance on top of tables. Feel alive. You can do this.

“A semicolon is used when a sentence could have been ended, but it wasn’t. It’s a reminder to keep going, even in times of feeling like you want to stop. Don’t let your story end.”

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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  1. Yaaasss I love this! I actually want to get a semicolon tattoo too. I’ve struggled with anxiety for a long time. I got help and it has helped me MASSIVELY. I am so much happier now that I know what triggers me and how to deal with it. I hope you’re doing great too 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your experience xx

    http://thestoriesiknow.com/

  2. Honestly love this so much, can so relate to the meaning of your tattoo, I want the same on my shoulder, I’ve just not got round to it yet. This is really beautiful, thank you for sharing!

    Jessica
    Foodandbaker.co.uk

  3. Such a meaningful post lovely, I love when tattoos have a meaningful message and a story to share behind them!
    Charlotte xx
    theporcelaindollblog.blogspot.co.uk

  4. It’s beautiful! My high school used to have a day where you were encouraged to draw a semicolon to promote awareness on your wrist actually. Don’t give up, keep fighting on 🙂

  5. Becca don’t ever feel like you are never good enough or you shouldn’t exist! You seem like such a wonderful person! I love that you got a tattoo and the meaning behind it is so wonderful! #grlpowr 😉

  6. Such an amazing and important tattoo, I know I don’t know you personally but from this post alone I can see how far you’ve come. Such an inspiring post and I’m so glad I came across you twitter and blog! XX

    sgxstyling.blogspot.com

  7. It has a beautiful meaning 💖 I love that it has a very personal meaning and that it inspires and helps you. Ever since my former therapist mentioned someone who got a tattoo as a reminder of his strength, I’ve been playing with the idea myself – just haven’t figured out what it will look like yet.

  8. I love this. It’s such a beautiful tattoo but also a strong and inspiring meaning behind it. Very inspirational. Now you will never forget how strong you are. I have an anchor on my ankle for similar reasons; whatever happens I refuse to sink 🙂 x

  9. ♡♡

    I love this tattoo and the project behind it, I was actually planning on getting one as well and it’s nice to see other people who have it proudly.

    Also, kudos to you for speaking aboit your mental health and being open and candid about it in a manner that some people would shy away from.

    I have a question about your anxiety though, and I may have missed you talking about it previously, but how have you worked through your anxiety when you’ve needed to?

    ●ω● | mchi. // http://blog.kurage.me

    1. Hi thank you so much for this lovely bit of feedback! Me working through my anxiety is still an ongoing process, and is still something I have to face every day. I am better than I was with it a year ago, but it still lingers. I find having an open mind and seeing the bigger picture helps. Keep looking forward and set yourself goals. It’s a weird way of going about it, but it helps distract my mind from fretting over what’s gone on in the past, or even my present. Hope that helps even a lil bit. X

  10. I too am thinking of getting a semi-colon tattoo. I think they are beautiful and the meaning behind it, is inspirational. I also suffer from a mental illness, depression and it’s been plaguing me for 3 years already. Your story really struck a chord in me as I can kind of relate and it gave me all the more reason to go on with my plan of getting the tattoo.

  11. I love this♥ I have been wanting that tattoo for a while. I have depression and mostly from losing a loved one to suicide. Your story is so inspiring and I love that you shared it with us♥

    -Danielle Ruppert
    danielleruppert.com

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