A while back, I learned about Project Semicolon on social media (as I am sure many of you have). Why a semicolon you might ask? The dictionary defines a semicolon as:
a punctuation mark ( ; ) indicating a pause, typically between two main clauses, that is more pronounced than that indicated by a comma.
So when a writer uses a semicolon, he is combining two thoughts into one. It means there is more to the sentence than the portion before the semicolon. It means the story isn’t over yet.
And that really struck home with me. The story isn’t over yet.
Several years ago, I battled a severe bout of depression. To the point where I nearly committed suicide. It was a very dark time in my life where I felt utterly alone and helpless. The only thing that kept me from following through with my plans to ram my car into something hard and stationary was a photo of the kids which had slipped out of place and wound up on the seat next to me.
I realized that my life did have meaning, regardless of how dark and stormy that particular period was.
So…fast forward to Friday, July 31st. I found myself standing outside of Metamorphosis Ink in Broad Ripple waiting to get my first tattoo. I was told to expect pain and discomfort due to its placement, but I wasn’t bothered at all. In fact, I felt proud to be getting the semicolon permanently etched onto my skin to help those around me remember their story isn’t over yet, either.
So why am I telling my story? Because yesterday (September 10th) was World Suicide Prevention Day. And maybe…just maybe…my story may help someone else realize their story isn’t over yet, either.
If there is an emergency, or if you are worried that you or someone you know may be at risk for suicide, please call your local authorities (911), contact a mental health professional, or call and talk to someone at 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433).