Well, I'm ready to try writing. The lotus one of the eight auspicious symbols in Buddhism. A lotus starts growing in the mud and clouded water, only to blossom into brilliance when it stretches above the waters surface. I have one tattooed on my arm to cover up cutting scars. The symbolism is pretty straightforward. As with the lotus, I too can emerge from the depths of darkness to settle into a world of beauty and calm. The only thing missing is my utter lack of faith. PTSD brought its axe down onto my mind and body and stole my spirit. My journey has been the search for my soul. It's a bitch.