I somehow stumbled onto this website and it got me thinking about the one thing I considered to be my worst trait.. my sensitivity.
I’ve always thought of my sensitivity as somewhat of a curse. Just like the quote from Spiderman “with great power, comes great responsibility”, my sensitivity is special but has got me into some bad situations in the past. For me, it was just another thing added onto the pile of shit that has made me even more different than everyone else around me. It’s been the reason I lost friends, it fractured past relationships and it has made watching a film without crying near impossible!
I’ve always felt everything so deeply; sadness is overwhelming, anger is consuming but happiness has always been transcendent. But one thing I have always loved about this sensitivity is how empathetic I am. Empathy, according to Google, is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another and an Empath, according to the link above, is a person who is capable of feeling the emotions or physical symptoms of others even if they themselves are not going through the same situation or events. I always thought I was weird for being really in tune with others, even people I’ve met once seem to open up to me about their thoughts and feelings. I’ve never minded people talking to me about their problems, I openly tell my friends that I’m always here if they need a vent.. but sometimes I do get so overwhelmed by other people’s troubles that it starts to negatively affect me. Too much negative energy does get me very down and very exhausted.
But this year I’ve started to feel more positive about myself, I’m slowly starting to turn my negatives into positives, starting with my inner sensitivity conflict. “It is estimated that around 15-20 percent of the population is highly sensitive and another 2-3 percent of the population are empaths.” Isn’t that amazing? I’m part of something that is uncommon in other people, I’m starting to realise that being different isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Some people are super in tune with animals, others have a knack for making beautiful gardens, some are brilliant artists… but for me my superpower is my sensitivity. With all the horrid things happening in the world and all the evil people, I think the world needs people with special abilities to spread some happiness and help others.
Thanks for reading! Comment below what your real life superpower is, I’d love to know 🙂