'"A semi-colon represents a sentence that an author could have ended but chose not to.' To me, this tattoo reminds me of a time in my life when I could have chosen to end my sentence, but chose life instead.
In June of 2015, I was admitted to the hospital for treatment of clinical anxiety and depression. When I was released, I swore to myself I would do everything possible to get better. I didn't want to be sick anymore. I marked myself with this symbol to remind myself everyday of the pain I endured and the healing I have accomplished since then. I also hope that people see it and ask about it. It is a conversation that was once difficult for me to have, but now is as easy as talking about a broken arm or the flu. I hope one day the stigma around mental health will end and people will realize that it's OK. There is help for you."
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