Simple Little Semicolon ;

I am a programmer, and as such I see semicolons every day. Almost every line of code is finished with a semicolon [1]

System.out.println("I am a sentence");      

So I guess that, as opposed to non-programmers who rarely see a semicolon, programmers see it everywhere and don’t pay much attention to it. It means the end of the line. After encountering the Project Semicolon I will never look at it the same. I know it sounds silly, but this project has an amazing goal and it’s symbol, the semicolon, is so right on the money that it made me look at the simple sign differently. I’ve heard about this project from this wonderful blog post by Heather Parrie. This line really got to me:

We’ll start here: a semi-colon is a place in a sentence where the author has the decision to stop with a period, but chooses not to. A semi-colon is a reminder to pause and then keep going.

But chooses not to. This is a hard and brave decision. I was never diagnosed with clinical depression. I have however, as I’m sure many people have, experienced with dark thoughts and bad emotions surfacing and blurring the view of the world. This black hole in your chest that sucks the life out of you, or nails in your stomach which give anxiety a physical manifestation. I can only imagine the feeling that someone with severe depression or anxiety feels, and I’m extremely glad that such a project as Project Semicolon exists. Keep going.

[1] In the language the I program in, let’s not argue about programming languages now, not the purpose of this post.

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