Water on Pain

Please note: this piece references self-harm.

Step into the bathtub. Turn the water hot as you can bear, to take the pain away. The fear. The grief.
Look down at the scars on your body, made on nights when you were losing your mind. It's okay. Madness is a human emotion too. Whisper "i love you" to your skin, "thank you" for holding all of the stories together and building you new. Lather your hair with new beginnings, your body in the scent of not giving up. Let the water into your heart and beat, beat it out again. Then, when you are ready turn the taps off, step out into the cold air and breathe the world in.

Remember you are whole just the way you are.

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