The Internet has been full of semicolons lately, and not because there is a new grammar cult on the rise. (Wouldn’t that be scary?! ;)) Photos of semicolon tattoos are cropping up all over social media. In writing, the semicolon represents a place where the author could have chosen to end the sentence but instead opted to continue. As a tattoo, however, this simple punctuation mark has become a powerful symbol of hope for those who want to declare to the world and themselves that they are determined, not to end their story, but rather to persevere in the struggle with self-harm, depression, or suicidal thinking.
The slogan behind the tattoo is, “A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.”
While the tattoo craze is certainly a phenomenon, it wasn’t until I read the story of the woman who founded Project Semicolon that I really grasped the power behind this simple message written on her arm: Love Endlessly. Read more about founder Amy Bleuel and how she decided to start Project Semicolon.