I never bought the line that kids who got in trouble where just trying to get attention, because when I did “mental” things as a kid or as an adult, it felt more like pure pain and frustration. Even when a little manipulation was involved, I just wanted to be understood.
It wasn’t to get attention.
I didn’t want that kind of attention.
Maybe I just wanted you to know
That it was worse than you thought.
Maybe I wanted to change your mind
About the way you had decided to treat me.
I wanted to make you see
And it seemed impossible to do.
What I had done before hadn’t worked.
I was still alone.
It seems we all want to be understood before seeking to understand.