Like any true adult, I cry constantly. It’s very casual and part of my regular schedule; don’t be weird about it.
Like most women, I’m naturally intuitive. It’s a skill we picked up on to like, I don’t know, survive?
An empath is defined as a person with the paranormal ability (it comes from science fiction) to apprehend the mental and emotional state of another individual. I define it as “Constantly carrying everyone else’s emotional weight with you on top of your own in attempts to murder yourself slowly.” Empaths navigate the world through super-heightened intuition and an unasked-for capability to be constantly in tune with everyone else’s emotional well-being. You’re in check with body language, facial expression, what people say and even don’t say. Round the clock. Blessed.
This is not a brag. Perpetual capital-E Empathy is exhausting. It’s more exhausting than running a marathon and I think I’d know because I’ve ran absolutely none.
Being an empath has all but destroyed most of my days. I’m consistently parsing and piling on other people’s moods and emotions like Princess and The Pea style, wherein I’m the pea, naturally. (Please just nod your head and keep reading, I can’t always be on top of my analogy game.) Shockingly, it gets a little tiring to constantly be processing my own emotions and deciphering yours at the same time.
It can feel out of control at times. Situations can often feel too much, too loud. But when it’s in control (which takes every day practice and relentless focus), we have power. Magic, even.
WHY IT’S YOUR SUPERPOWER:
I know. Seeing yourself as the Wonder Woman (OR MAN, SHOUTOUT EMPATH MEN) of Feels instead of as just you routinely dealing with the weight of all the empath symptoms probably feels like you’re being attacked by a lion and someone referring to it as a cute little kitten who just wants to play. But there is hope for us, Overly Intuitive One.
A couple ways I deal:
Remember: You’re a superhero. But you’re also more than that. You’re fucking YOU.
BY Liz Welle - March 14, 2017
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.