When my husband told me of seeing an old man crying as he took his dog into the vet to be euthanized, I cried.
When our son broke up with a girlfriend, I saw her face as she left our home. It was the right decision, but I felt her pain, and I cried.
I remember feeling things deeply as a child. I laughed hard; I cried hard. When I would read books, I felt what the characters were feeling, and it was not unusual to find me crying over a book. I still cry when I read books. Even my own, silly as that may seem.
I cry watching movies and television shows. I cry at weddings. I cry in church, especially from the music. I can’t watch those heart-wrenching commercials on television about dogs that need help, because they’ll turn me into a blubbering mess.
When I see someone who is hurting, I know how they feel. It’s painful at times.
This isn’t something I can control. I’ve tried. I fight tears. I try to think of something else, but the feelings are too strong.
Most people can sympathize with others and situations, but empathy is a feeling of another’s true emotions. An empath will deeply feel the emotions of others. It is suspected to be genetic and in our DNA – something passed from generation to generation.
There have been times when I wished this would go away, but I think I’m much more forgiving and understanding of people because of empathy.
I hope no one would ever say I am uncaring.
What’s the one thing you hope other people never say about you?