Tumblr is this really cool thing where I see loads of inspiring images, quotes and articles by people who are just like me.
Unfortunately there is this other side to tumblr. Due to the fact that lots of the people on here are younger and/or have an artistic temperament, I see hundreds of images every day of self harm, anorexia, bad body image, eating disorders, depression and poor mental health.
I don’t want to tell people how to live their lives but I, personally, can’t be doing with seeing these every day so if things like this are posted, I have to go/unfollow.
I’m not intolerant either. I’ve seen the ‘dark side’ and it’s bad but there is no better way of getting yourself stuck in a downward spiral than by surrounding yourself with images of slashed wrists in sepia. You might think that these images give you an ‘escape’ where you can feel ‘normal’ but all that’s happening is that you give yourself more negativity to look at which leads to more estrangement from reality and other people which sends you flying back to the comfort zone where the whole cycle starts again.
I’ve never cut to numb pain, nor have I had an eating disorder, nor do I drink, nor do I particularly binge eat and I’ve never looked at a bottle of pills and felt that it was time to go. I’m pretty lucky. My ‘vices’ are seriously over working and overly working out and, fortunately, those usually have mostly positive consequences and pull me into positive situations which help me through bad-head-space-type-times. I have my problems but at least I escape to a positive place where it is possible to find fulfillment.
No matter what it seems like, the bottom of a glass isn’t fulfillment. Neither is a razor blade. Neither is a toilet full of purged vomit.
Looking at pictures of this every day is unhealthy, uninspiring and won’t help anyone to get any better.
Sure better to feel uncomfortable and out of place for a while by surrounding yourself with positivity which makes you curious to learn and move forward than wallow and sink in a pool of dark images.
All in all, I’m noone’s therapist and if someone told me how to handle my issues, I’d tell them to fuck off. However, if I see one more image of torn apart thighs from people who obviously feel that this is the way to express what they’re feeling, I’ll be unsubscribing. It’s not self-expression, it’s glorifying dangerous practices and it’s dangerous for people to see.
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