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If You Have Ever Been Called Overly Sensitive, This is For You

There is a small group of people in the world. A very special group. These are the healers, the empaths and the ones this broken world turns to when things go wrong.

These are the ones, that as children, comforted the ones being bullied, shared their lunches and water bottles with those who ran out and offered to shared notes and homework with the more scatter-brained ones.

These are the ones that grew into the favorite aunt and uncle of the neighborhood that all the adolescents turned to in times of growing pains. These are the ones who were first in when a neighbor or friend was going through a rough patch.

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These gentle and kind people hold space for others unconditionally and have an ability to exude comfort and compassion that casts a cloak of love, understanding, and acceptance over all those they encounter.

And often these are the ones we call over-sensitive.

There’s a reason for that. These ‘over-sensitive’ human beings will cry over an emotional advertisement, shed many a tear at a sad movie, and they will respond to the mood of their environment mirroring the angst and suffering they sense.

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They will be accused of being too kind, or too giving, and, more often than not, the world will take advantage of their niceness.

But kindness should never be confused with weakness or gentleness with meekness.

For there is no greater strength on this planet than the ability to stay kind in a harsh and unyielding world. It is to these empathic and sensitive people that the world owes its emotional well-being and so much more.

So, if you’ve ever been told to get a grip on yourself, or been told that you shouldn’t be so naïve as to forgive and forget, or if you’ve been accused of investing too much time and effort on others, often without thanks or acknowledgment… know your true worth now.

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You are the soft landing, the bandaid, the crutch, the healer, the teacher, the empath that redresses the suffering of those around you.

And this ability to love and feel… truly feel the pain of others… This is your superpower.

You are the real-life super-hero that rushes in to pick up the broken pieces and make things right again.

And the same power that moves you to reach for a box of tissues at a sentimental movie also gives you the power to mend broken hearts and heal the shattered soul.

And yes, you will get teased and be told that you have no control over your emotions, but that’s okay because in your heart of hearts you know the opposite to be true.

You know you have the ability to tune into your feelings and express them, and you know the same ability allows you to tune into the feelings of others around you.

And when the chips are down the broken-hearted will beat a path to your door, for even the most hardened and pragmatic of humans know at the unconscious level that your ‘weakness’ is that very strength that they can lean against when they are falling apart at the seams.

­­­They will gravitate towards you like homing pigeons and you will take them under your wings and offer them the incredible comfort of true compassion… one that cannot be learned through books or courses.

You were born to heal. You were born to feel. And you were born with a very specific purpose.

And yes, you will hurt when those who turned to you walk away, and when they leave without a speck of gratitude, and sometimes the return will even be a well-placed knife in the back.

And you will experience this most keenly because of your incredible gift to feel things more than others.

But you will also heal yourself the way you heal others, and emerge stronger, kinder and wiser, ready to get on with the business of being the nurturer to the world.

Most of us look high and low on this journey we call life to find our purpose and to find our true calling. Few of us achieve this, however.

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Sangeetha Shinde
Sangeetha is the Managing Editor of The Business Innovator, an international business magazine, based out of Brussels, Belgium. She has a Master?s in Business Administration, a BA in English Literature and a thirst to tell the stories of women. She is the author of the books 'A moral murder and other tales from the Blue Hills" and "Amman: Story".
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