I've come to realize that life as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) is freaking awesome. I've also come to realize that people who don't understand, nor want to understand, HSP's well...their loss.
For years I've struggled trying to make others understand why I thought and felt the things I did. Often, I would hear that I'm, "being too sensitive." This was a little baffling to me and made me feel as if there was something wrong with me. I actually felt the need to close myself off.
It isn't that I am easily offended by things said to me or that I don't have a sense of humor or that I hardly smile. No. I'm quite opposite of that.
I discovered that it's because though I enjoy being in social settings, I also require time alone and depending on what's happening in my life, I may require more or less. It is because it is hard for me to watch violent and bloody movies so, I try avoiding them. It is because I feel things that other people are feeling and I know it is not my own feeling.
Being a HSP is quite a journey. I do find that too much noise or being around too many people overwhelms me. I can get frazzled. Don't get me wrong, I do love gathering with people to have a great time. In fact, I was a big party girl. But I can pick up on other people's emotions without even looking at, or knowing, them. Having daily alone time is as crucial as food and water are to me. I can see right through bullshit. My imagination is out of this world and my dreams...my dreams are incredibly vivid.
Does this sound like you? If it does, then you're more than likely a Highly Sensitive Person and you are not alone!
I was on Sensitive's Facebook page and read an interview with Alanis Morrisette. She stated, "What I would ask for from the non-HSP world would be mercy and respect for how much we as a trait, as a community of sensitives, contribute. There are such positives and such a great boon to being around an HSP. You can be assured that your food will be incredibly delicious, that your environment will be cozy and pleasant esthetically, that the temperature will be lovely. There are certain attunements and considerations that HSP has taken to account that a non-HSP just wouldn’t."
There is so much to love about the HSP and being a HSP. Don't ever feel that there's something wrong with that. I welcome you to your awakening and I hope you discover, embrace, and honor all that you are. Surround yourself with good people and keep shining your light.