I used to love this quote. It spoke so deeply to something I couldn’t express myself.
But one morning I woke up and I wondered whether it was possible to simply be blessed, as an empath.
Could it just be a beautiful blessing to feel everything so deeply?
Why did it have to be a curse as well?
I began to wonder what the curse part was all about.
After some self-exploration, I discovered the ‘curse’ in my experience, came partly from living in a heartless culture where I felt like I did the feeling for everyone and subsequently partly resented them for it. And it came partly from resistance to feeling everything fully.
Because feeling is hard, thankless work. It takes legitimate energy! The energy that we, in turn, don’t get to place in making money or art.
But what I discovered was, feeling is my art form.
And it’s a true art form at that. It takes work.
Empathy is no longer a curse to me and it never will be again.
It’s my art. My magic. It’s how I will change the world.
What is empathy to you?
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