Of all the ways I've heard of describing why we cut I think this is yhe one that moves me most. Those who do not understand the levels of pain we go through can never understand why it is so hard to speak out about it for us since we are so used to keeping it inside. I admire the way both the words and the picture can convey this.
Thanks guys...I got the image first off of the White Stripes CD insert, in that pic, meg is balancing on a chair to avoid a mouse, i took the mouse out, and made her feet look a little different. my reasoning was that while i didn't want it to be a painting of someone about to hang themself, i wanted people to question wether she would or not. Its oils btw, took me a couple days to paint...thanks again.
I don't think SIers want to kill themselves. On the contrary, I think SIers WANT to live. I don't think it's about NOT having the courage. I think if you can bleed then you can bleed to death. It's more like an affirmation of wanting to live and that there is something really wrong that is interrupting that.
I really like how you've almost made your body into an inanimate object with the titling of this piece--those of us who SI know it's hard to feel anything anymore; we feel like inanimate objects, but at the same time, we SI in order to feel...
My name is Gabrielle and I am twenty-eight years old. I began to self-injure at age fifteen -- so nearly thirteen years minus a two year period. This website is one about self-injury (self-harm), made to let self-injurers know that they are not alone and to help their friends and family learn more about self-injury and how it affects their loved one.