My first year of college I was taking a math class. I noticed a boy who sat in my front of me had friends he would laugh and talk with. And one day I got a glance, it just caught my eye, of some cuts on his wrist. He found ways to hide them, but every now and again I’d see a glimmer of them.
And I wondered for weeks if I should say something.
I considered going up to him, pulling my sleeve up and say, “I do it too.”
I thought about how I wouldn’t want anyone to call me out on it if they saw my own.
I thought about how hard he tried to hide it and so I should respect that.
I thought about whether intervening was something I should do for his safety.
But I was in the middle of my own battle with self injury.
And I never did anything.
And I can never get it out of mind…
I never did or say anything to him.
Should I have?