Lets talk about mottos for a second. Dictionary.com defines the word “motto” as “a sentence, phrase, or word expressing the spirit or purpose of a person, organization, city, etc.” So what we use as our motto often describes us. If you know me, you know I love quotes. I always have loved the profound words that can make people stop dead in their tracks, to think about what was just said. Anyways back to the point. My mottos have changed as I grew up. I distinctly remember as a kid always saying, “If there’s a will, there’s a way”. As I moved out of middle school it transitioned to follow the words of my dad, “Life is meant to be enjoyed, not endured.” Finishing off with my senior quote, “ Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve. –J.K. Rowling”. I feel as if quotes say a lot about a person. However, I took my next motto to the extreme. I got it tattooed on me. And if you care to know why let me tell you. Some of you will be thinking how I just explained that I change quotes so much and why would I settle on one to permanently stay on my body. Well I’ll start off with telling you the motto, then the reason.

“;dance” is tattooed on the outside of my right forearm for a deeper meaning than any of those quotes ever gave me. The semicolon is representative of a subject we do not often talk about. Depression and Suicide. For years I was severely depressed and suicidal. I often could not bring myself to get out of bed or start my day. I knew how to put on the smile everyone wanted to see and kept my emotions to the side. Until I started dancing that is. Dance offered me a safe haven to express every emotion I was feeling from the high kicks in jazz, to the jumps that land the floor so hard it hits your soul. Dance changed me. Dance made me a person, no longer the robot walking through life but dancing through every chapter.

Okay, in case you did not make the leap from how a semicolon represents suicide let me help you. Project Semicolon is a organization bringing awareness to the fight of depression and other mental health. They chose the semicolon as the symbol because in the English language the semicolon is used to join two sentences. When a period could have been used to end my life I chose a semicolon to continue my story.

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