I was just thinking. Why do people guilt trip over cutting themselves?
Who the fuck cares what other people think? (Well, maybe that’s more of my perspective.) It’s non-lethal, it hurts less than getting a tattoo, you just don’t get a pretty picture at the end. I mean, for pain itself, there would be constructive and productive things to do like yoga, or running till your legs give out, that hurt a lot more than some scrapes. The intensity of pain you feel from pushing your bodily limits are usually a lot worse than the actual act of cutting. If you consistently need stitches and are at risk of bleeding to death, maybe cutting is a problem. But I’ve given blood plenty of times before, and the amount of blood that people seem to lose cutting on average won’t affect your body at all.
So maybe we do it because the idea of it is romanticized in our heads, we like to see the drops of blood flowering, maybe it’s the symbolic nature of it – bringing some kind of destruction upon ourselves.
But I really don’t get why it’s such a big deal. The only shame I’ve ever felt from cutting is the shame from not loving myself more.
And that’s something else entirely.