We sometimes forget the things we say to other people. Sometimes it makes us feel better, in some sick primordial way, knowing that we have more power over someone by hurting them.
People often overlook the devastating effects words can have on a person’s esteem and character. We think that bullying is a part of life, when it shouldn’t be. We think that it builds character, when it only tears it down. Emotional pain, turns into physical pain, which can lead to someone to the point where they wish to themselves from the world.
As a childhood cutter, I know this well, and so will many of you. Which is why I’m so glad this boy refuses to give up. And I hope one day that he can surround himself with more positive people, and one day, be able to love himself.