I recently got a tattoo of a semicolon on my wrist. If you haven't heard of semicolon tattoos here is a link to a website that explains it better than I could. The TL;DR is
A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you, and the sentence is your life
Basically it is a reminder to not commit suicide.
So, it's a bit of a personal meaning, which I am fine discussing, but it's also a little intense to spring on someone from an innocent question about my tattoo.
What is the best way to handle questions from friends and coworkers? The conversations usually start something like
Them: Is that a tattoo? What is it of?
Me: A semicolon.
Them: What? Why?
My closest friends know about my struggle with depression, but many of my acquaintances don't, and none of my coworkers do. I work in a fairly professional setting as an Engineer.
It appears that I wasn't super clear as to how I ideally would want the discussion to go. @Taegost articulated my goals better than I could in this answer:
It sounds to me like you want to be open about it, but to start off the conversation on a light note, trying to keep it from being awkward while still allowing the conversation to progress naturally.
My goal here is to be open and talk about it/my story/mental health as a whole without sucking people into a pretty dark rabbit hole from an innocent question