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"I got this to cover up years' worth of self-harm scars. The symbol in This reference to a song and reminder to never cut again. "'Braille'. Aug 16, I had never thought of my cutting in the context of race. The pain of the breakup with my girlfriend was unbearable. to severe insecurity, to deep states of creativity (writing poetry and songs), this was my entire existence. A video about self harm and a story which nearly all self harmers can relate to. This may be triggering. xox.
It was like making a commitment to myself to heal and grow.
My next step is to cover the scars of my other arm and my leg. When most of my scars had healed and I was only left with a few big scars, I got them covered with a lion, not to hide what I did — but because lions are strong and powerful and so am I. When I was very young, I loved to perform and make people laugh. I loved doing voices and improvising dialogue, as Robin Williams did. He has been my biggest inspiration in life and someone I relate to very much.
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As I grew older, I sunk further into my depression and became too self-conscious to pursue my childhood dream of performing. I now have extreme social anxiety and struggle with chronic depression. For a long time, I was angry with myself for no longer being the friendly, funny person I used to be. The version people seemed to like better… I realized all I can do now is put effort into improving myself moving forward. Just as a daily reminded to stay strong. I added the sunflowers just recently.
I have dealt with depression and anxiety for about five years now. Anytime an anxiety attack occurs, I try to focus on one thing, and that is a field of sunflowers I had visited before. I had never felt so calm and at peace when I was standing in that field. Now that I have this tattoo it is a reminder that even though I may struggle with the things I do, that inner peace is not impossible. The tattoos themselves cover up old self harm scars.
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The heart is a reminder to me that I need to love myself, even when it seems impossible. I struggled with self-harm for a really long time, an addiction I felt that I would never be able to overcome. But I decided to get this tattoo. There is so much of my life that I still have to live. And I need to be strong for everyone else around me.
I still struggle with my mental illness but I would never put myself through the pain I did in the past. And I hope everyone can get to that point one day.
Bipolar and OCD have shaped and broken me. I got my son to design and make me a tattoo. Two, to cover years of self-harm.
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Three, I wanted a more rational reminder to fight for a better quality of life for my self. My life is not my own. We both struggle as many do in feeling like we are enough or like we deserve our accomplishments — we bought each other the bracelets so that we would always remember that we deserve to be happy and live awesome lives.
It also has a semicolon to show people that every day I keep living is a day I beat thoughts of suicide. I decided on a butterfly because it is a symbol of rebirth, a new chapter.
Or put a plaster on my arm and pretend it never happened? It all seemed too difficult. I called myself stupid and weak for resorting to this ugly coping mechanism.
How was I meant to bring it up? I covered my arms with bangles, bracelets, and stripy ties back when Avril Lavigne was a questionable yet acceptable fashion icon. I had multiple rock bottoms. After a serious self-injury I had an extremely painful medical procedure to check if my nerves were damaged. I was almost fired from my job. I ruined a perfectly good relationship.
But nothing changed until I got a wake-up call in the form of a no-nonsense Canadian therapist. In the beginning, I hated sitting in a small room being the centre of attention. I used to treat these sessions like I was practising a stand-up routine for the worst comedy show in history - every anecdote was delivered like there was a drumroll at the end. So I started to talk about self-harm, but focused more on what led up to it, and what was going through my head when I did it.
I talked about feeling totally spaced out, operating on autopilot, and being hell-bent on destruction. I started with the guy I was dating.