I’ve deleted and rewrote this title many times now trying to find the perfect way to discuss this. Being the person everyone goes to for venting, or ranting about something, even about someone you mutually know is tough. When your on the other side of it, you don’t see how it could drain the person your ranting to. I say this for a reason.
In middle school and even high school, I was the friend everyone went to for emotional support. I’ve had many friends (who I mostly don’t see now) cry on my shoulder. Back then, when your a teen with half the responsibilities as an adult, it doesn’t phase you. Now that I’m a grown adult, it’s absolutely exhausting.
At my current job I’m the one everyone goes to. In just one shift, even if all I’ve done is sit and listen to someone, I’m completely worn out. In the last couple years my fatigue from this kept getting worse and worse. I began paying more attention to my feelings and how their affected once I listen to someone else’s problems. There are times I literally take on the exact feeling the person who’s talking to me has. I know what your thinking, yeah true friends do that. Not to this extent. Call me crazy, or insane even. Once I began paying closer attention to my reactions I began some research and what I found made complete sense.
When you hear the word empath, what do you think? A lot of people see this in different ways. For example; being empathetic is when your heart goes out to someone else. You feel bad for them. But then there’s being an empath and that means you can actually feel another person’s happiness or sadness in your own body.
⚠️ Here is my warning of where I discuss my beliefs. These are my own, yours may be different and that’s fine. I’m purely discussing this because it may help someone who might be like me. Also, these are feelings I never discuss with anyone from fear of judgement. So please stop reading if your not prepared to hear my spiritual side. ⚠️
For the majority, being an empath is considered a paranormal thing. Which I have experienced that side as well, but that’s for another discussion because honestly it’s terrifying to discus.
Back to my story. Once I came to the realization that I am in fact an empath, I began looking for ways to help it be easier to live with. I cannot say I have full control of it, but I’m trying very hard. If anyone’s interested I will do a post on how to help yourself as an empath because I know once you discover this, it makes life easier each tip or trick you learn to take control of your emotions and the ones around you.
Ive not discussed this with any family because honestly, I don’t see them believing me. Which is fine but it’s also hard to keep bottled up, as is any secret. I’ve decided to give you guys a peek inside my spiritual journey with things such as this for my own health and to hopefully help someone else. Any questions? Feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer. Until then, Happy Tuesday!