Hey I found this on a forum you might like to read..... Some really good views I think...
"I actually have one that represents this myself. To me this struggle is of two aspects, a positive aspect (healing/ happiness) Vs. a negative aspect (depression/pain). This has always been a huge issue in my life, so when I thought of how to design my tattoo, I knew it Had to be a Big one..
First if I were you, I would think of representations of good, and bad. Maybe the good is a White Tiger, and maybe the bad might be A wicked looking Black Panther.. Now ask the question, "What are these representations doing?" Are they fighting a bloody battle for dominance? Is the bad winning? Is the good winning? If it's not, do you want it too?.. I would make this a representation of your inner struggle, and your True desires for the outcome..
If it were me, that That White tiger would be Stomping the Shxt out of that fierce Panther... I would probably use Eastern Asian traditional tattoo style for it. .. & and another thing.. Even if you don't feel like that white tiger is winning.. you can always look in the mirror at a tat like that, and Remember just who it is, that Ultimately controls the outcome.
Another thing that represents overcoming obstacles to me is change, and rebirth. Rebirth meaning that something has to Die/ be vanquished, for it to be born anew, and fresh.. (Changed). To me all things in nature represent this, especially plants.. Each year the beautiful blooms of plants wither and die.. lay dormant all winter only to bear their beautiful blossoms again, once the warmth has returned.. as it always does..
Also the tale of the mythic Phoenix may be of help to you in this quest.. This majestic bird lives through life ...a creature of incomparable beauty. As it grows.. it ages.. becomes weak. A shadow of it's former self.., frail, and exhausted it dies, by suddenly bursting into flames, leaving nothing but a pile of it's ashes behind. Tragic as it seems, as time goes on these ashes hold not sorrow, but the gift of new life. As in these ashes lays hidden a tiny egg.. almost ready to hatch, and baby phoenix ready to rise from it's own embers.. This is the cycle of the phoenix, and in it the representation of all natural life, good, bad, regeneration, and the lesson that all states of life are temporary.."
And here's the link to it:
A Tattoo About Struggling With Depression : I Love Tattoos and Piercings Personal Stories & Experiences. Read and Share True Stories, Learn and Support.
I'll still look for some images and let you know...