Tamanna Hossain-Kay

Thoughts and plots on AI and the human condition

Semicolon Tattoo

Tamanna Hossain-Kay / 2020-07-17


In writing, a semicolon indicates a pause; more pronounced than a comma, but less than a period.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

As a tattoo, it commentates a life’s journey that has been interrupted, creating a space where it could have stopped; but a choice was made to continue and create forwards.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

For me, like others who wear the semicolon mark, it acknowledges the struggles with mental health I’ve had for many years and honors the active choices I’ve made to keep trying to heal instead of giving up . I chose to represent the dot on the semicolon by a heart, because love is what got me through. My husband and my friends gave me the strength and support I needed to make the pause just that - a pause, an interruption, a semicolon - and not a period.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

In a way my story is unique and personal, in that only I’ve lived it in the way that I have . But in a way it’s not at all. Sadness, trauma, and violence permeates this world. Some of it is private, like sexual violence and domestic abuse; some of it is out in the open, like the conquering of nations and the subjugation of races. It’s haunted me where all this stems from, and an answer I’m left with is that there’s a will to dominate that corrupts us humans and we need to be set free through prayer, through love.