Depression. It's no joke. I've always been asked what my tattoo means, and it's always difficult to explain the meaning, but here it goes. My freshman year of college, I experienced what I now know as major depression. Feeing like no one in the world understood my situation, I turned to drugs and partying to cope with the feeling of emptiness, loneliness, and sadness. Failing to focus on my academics, I was expelled out of school. At this point, I didn't know who I was anymore. I had lost my self, my identity, my purpose, and all hope that life would get better. I attempted suicide, and I was unsuccessful. After many therapy sessions, I realized that I needed a way to positively deal with my depression. I turned to fitness, and it gave me new passion, purpose, and a positive outlet to express myself and have confident in myself. Exercising saved my life. The semicolon is a combination of a period (meaning my life could have been over) and a comma (signifying that it kept going). Placed directly before the prefix "re", I now have a chance to RElive, REpurpose, and REinvent myself to a happier version of myself. And in doing so, I want to inspire those who deal with depression and other mental illness to live happier lives they are proud of, and not be a victim to their struggles. We can do this! We can fight depression with fitness. Let's get fit together!
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