I wish I knew what to say.
I keep noticing strangers with self harm scars/cuts. I’ve been self harming for about four years or so, I know what it looks like when you cut yourself with a razor- when you’re used to those kind of cuts you can recognise them. Actually, it’s not just about knowing what razor cuts look like, you can tell when most wounds are self inflicted.
There’s something about the angle, the grouping- a dead giveaway are cuts only on the left arm… most people are right handed.
I want to do something- god, I wish there was something I could do. I know that if someone had come up to me when I was cutting and said something, given me some advice or pointed me in the right direction, then it might have helped me.
But is it rude? Is it crossing a line? After all, it’s their body and I know nothing about them- so if I go up and start telling them to get help then maybe I’m being nosy and patronising.
I want to say something.
I want to reach out to the people in the streets who are suffering.
I can see people walk past me with the wounds out there- I want to reach out and help them but I don’t know how.
I want to do something for the waiter who served me in the restaurant and for the girl in the card shop…
Years have passed for me, but I’m still struggling to be able to do something.
What can I do?
’til next time,