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scars by ErinBird scars by ErinBird
"Scars remind us where we've beenThey don't have to dictate where we're going" - David Rossi

March 1st: Self-Injury Awareness Day

I think that it's important to bring attention to this issue as it's something very serious (not just today, but all the time tbh). If you have scars on your skin, or even in your mind, don't be ashamed. Think of it as something of your past - if it is something you still currently do, try and stop and soon as possible. I find this quote very inspiring as it's true - they may show where you've been, but they don't show where you're going at all. Also, it's National Eating Disorder Awareness week now (24 feb - 2 mar) and I thought it would also be good to bring attention this too as they are also a form of self-injury. Try and find help as soon as possible and please don't be ashamed to talk to someone about it.
P.S. the scars in this picture are just paint.

Here are some websites that might help anyone struggling: 
www.helpguide.org/mental/suici… (suicide)
www.nationaleatingdisorders.or… (eating disorders)
www.childline.org.uk/Explore/S… (self harm)





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gueros84 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Yes, they don´t have to, indeed. 
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Photographer
agreed :aww:
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Fameisdead Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:3 this just made my heart smile and feel sad at the same time <3
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Photographer
:hug:
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Ketsueki-ousama Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have struggled through hell my whole life. Poor, starving and freezing at times, violence everywhere, been to more of my friends funerals then a I have birthdays. I grew up fast, didn't get a chance to enjoy these young years of my life, I have been screwed over time and time again, by the people closest to me, and have lost family. Most of those in my family who I still have, I have no respect or trust for anymore. I've fallen in love a few times, and the last time, completely destroyed me, even more than everything else put into one. My Dad hates me, left when I was to young to even know what was happening. And the biggest thing, is I have fought, and fought, phiycally, emotionally, mentally, and if you believe it, spiritually, my whole damn life, for as long as I can remember, fighting invisible wars for people who couldn't give a damn about rather I'm dead in the mud or in someones basement having my nails pulled off one by one for them. I have also tried to take my own life once, in grade 4. But even if I'm only remembered as a punk kid that just fought in the streets all the time, I know I have made huge differences in other peoples lives who I may never meet, even if it costed me my life.. And even when I could catch a break, I would spend it helping, and talking to people who were going thru hard times as well. And as beaten down as I am, as much as I just want to lay down and die, to just move on.. I learn't something about scars. Its as you said. Whenever I see someone with scars, I tell them the same thing. Those are battle scars, for the hard times and the fights you have fought. You shouldn't be embarrassed about them, and try to hide them. As long as they stay scars, and to not become wounds again, then you are the victor. Its the hard things in life, and the way we react to them, the choices we make when they hit us, that define who we are, and who we will be remembered as when we are gone. Life is only what you make it to be, so why let others do that work for you? Especially if they are just gonna screw it up for you to the point where you don't want that life anymore. I hope others read this, and to anyone who does, keep this in mind. Sometimes, we can't control the things that happen to us, sometimes we find ourselves on battlefields, fighting giants. But you can always find the strength to come out on top, just like that comment that talks about the tree being cut, you just need to look for the right tools. You may need armor, or a weapon. Turn to those who care, or if there is no one, then find someone who does. Keep focused on your goals. Ignore what others say when they say it out of hatred. Things may get outta hand, and you may take a few blows, but you always need to get back up. Eventually, they will get tired, and then its your turn to strike back. As for the girl who posted this, first off, you are awesome. Keep it up, this world is really needing people like you. And its only getting worse as the years pass.
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student Photographer
Wow firstly I must praise you for being so open about your past and the struggles you've been through. It's obvious that you've had a hard life and i'm so sorry about everything that happened you. It made me even tear up a little to hear that you tried to take your own life in grade 4.. wow. But I must say, you are incredibly brave to keep going on in life despite all the things that have happened to you, and that makes me respect you so much. It makes me respect you even more that you still try and help others when going through hard times, but I guess people who help others do that because they know what it's like to be in that situation and don't want anyone else to go through something so painful that they once did. Anyway, I completely agree with you when you talk about how they are battle scars, because in a way, they really are. Thank you for calling me awesome too (: that's very kind aha! Stay strong. 
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Ketsueki-ousama Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm only open about it because I know its quite the story. I try to use it to inspire others, show them that if I can make it through that, they can make it through whatever it is they're going through. But I only say so much, if I were to try and explain it all, I doubt I could find the words even if I wanted to :p And thanks, but you don't need to feel for me, I posted that in hopes for your fans to read it. I'm still walking through that hell, and its never been so hard as it is right now, but at this point, I don't think I could give up. I really don't think I'm even able to, because if I could, I wouldn't be here writing these things right now.
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AngePika Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My brother said this to me when he saw my scars (it's so beautiful that it has to be shared);

"Pain is a treesprout, and with every cut, every blooddrop that comes dripping out of your wounds, you water that tree. Soon it have grown into a mighty oak,
and when it have, it seems impossible to cut down (the tree nothing else), so you decide that it's to hard to stop because the tree looks so big and strong,
since you're used to see that sprout, not a tree. But it's never impossible, with the right tools, to cut down a tree.
Yeah, sometimes the tree damages things on the way down.. but I promise that it'll be better once you do.
It will always be a stump, it will always be there. But if you don't water it, it'll never grow stronger than YOU."
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student Photographer
Wow you're brother is very, very right. Did he come up with that analogy himself? It's very amazing and poetic but the meaning behind his story is very true and accurate. 
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AngePika Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
He probably heard it from someone, to be honest I don't know. :)
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