Updated: Mar 31
I am an introverted Empath. I work with the public so oftentimes I’m identified as outgoing and friendly but by the end of the day I am mentally, physically and emotionally drained and depleted. I’m ready to go home. I don’t want to stop at the market, nor do I want to meet with others. I want to go straight home and recharge.
There was a time, not that long ago, when I didn’t understand who or why I am the way I am. I felt as if I was different, yet I wasn’t able to describe in words how or why. I considered my uncommonness to be a gift/curse because in some ways, it did have certain benefits. I have always been overly sensitive, felt things deeply and been quite intuitive. I have always been able to “feel” when others intentions don’t match their words and actions. Too often I have tried to talk myself out of what I knew and felt, especially if I didn’t want to believe it to be so, only to learn the hard way to trust my feelings.
When I initially heard the term and definition of “Empathic” it resonated with me instantly and I thought “that’s me!” It was definitely was an “ah ha” moment. I remember the clarity…..“so that’s why I can feel when people aren’t being honest with me. And that’s how I can tell when their intentions don’t match their words. Oh, that’s why my stomach aches when someone I’m with has an upset tummy. Ok, that’s why I have so much fun being around happy people and feel depressed being with negative people. That’s why I feel and think about things so deeply. That’s why complete strangers are drawn to me and share intimate details of their life with me." Finally, it all made perfect sense.
I have since learned to trust what I feel because energy does not lie. The more I learn about being empathic the less uncomfortable I am in my own skin and the things that used to really bother me do not. I no longer consider my uncommonness a blessing/curse. I appreciate it for what I believe it was always meant to be, a unique and precious gift! Because of my changed perception I am comfortable embracing being different. In fact, I now consider it to be my greatest asset, my superpower!