I've read many pieces that start with the truth of "sticks and stones" and that reflect on self-esteem and the consequences of our words. I think it's always an important message. Words carry responsibility, and it's up to each person to be accountable, because too often, words can be the cruelest of weapons. I relate to the self-harm aspect here too. In my experience, it can be even more damaging for someone to just dismiss us, or tell us to not take something so seriously, to just move on.... because sometimes, we can't hide our hurt. We can't magically say "oh that didn't bother me". We may try and pretend, and put on a brave face, but eventually our armor will break and the weight of their words will reach us. That's never our fault. I only hope that there can come a time when we are all aware that our self-worth is not determined by others, or by how productive we can be, or by "this" or "that". We're worthy and enough just in being ourselves. That takes time, and is a process, especially in learning how to process our emotions and have a proper outlet for how we feel.