I feel like I should apologize for my short blog post on Thursday. I actually had more to say, and I was planning to add some lyrics from P!nk's song "F**kin' Perfect." Specifically, these lyrics:
"You're so mean, when you talk about yourself, you were wrong
Change the voices in your head, make them like you instead"
Which made me think of writing the first time I heard them, just like the Katy Perry lyrics.
But then I went off in search of the lyrics. And I went to P!nk's website where she had posted the video and blogged about why she made it.
"Its a problem, and its something we should talk about.
We can choose to ignore the problem, and therefore ignore this video, but that won't make it go away.
I don't support or encourage suicide or cutting.
I support the kids out there that feel so desperate/numb/powerless, that feel unseen and unheard, and can't see another way.. I want them to know I'm aware. I have been there. I see them.
Sometimes that's all it takes."
And I watched the video and sat there crying for at least five minutes after it ended.
Suddenly, using those lyrics to talk about having faith in my writing felt stupid and petty. (I know it's really not, but I just couldn't do it after watching the video.)
So instead, I want to share this incredibly powerful video with you. Be warned--there is sex, swearing, and cutting in this video, so it's not for the workplace, or where small children are present, or, I suppose, for the faint of heart.
But I think it's important. And maybe one of you knows someone who needs to hear this message. Pass it on.