Tattoos are a great way for people to express themselves both artistically and emotionally. Whether it’s a tattoo of your mom’s name or a hand-drawn flower from your art portfolio, a tattoo tells a story that you are willing to ingrain on yourself for the rest of your life.
Bekah Miles, a 20-year-old from Oregon, recently posted a photo of her tattoo on her Facebook page. Her photo showcased her tattoo in two different vantage points: straight on, and upside down. When seen head-on, it reads, “I’m fine.” When flipped to her vantage point, the tattoo reads, “Save me.”
Her tattoo sends out a powerful message of people struggling with depression and how it affects them.
She starts off her post addressing her parents by saying, “Dear mom and dad, please don’t kill me over this permanent choice. I want you to hear me out.”
She opens up about her vulnerability. She says the tattoo forces her to talk about her struggles and bring about awareness of the illness.
In her post, she writes out a definition (in list form) of what depression means to her. Since she posted her photo, it has been shared and liked by more than 350,000 people. People are around the world are amazed by her brave decision to be a voice in the darkness. Some have even vowed (per their comments on her post) to get the same tattoo.
She ends by thanking the people who have helped her throughout her struggles and with this quote from Robin Williams:
“I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.”
Read her entire post on her battle with depression here.