I had one of “those days” today. A chaotic, stressful, why on earth do I work here day. I work in the office of a large mental health services provider. Unfortunately I am also somewhat of an “empath.” It creates some problems for me. I work in an emotionally charged surroundings, the clients coming in suffer with depression, anger, loss, desperation, sometimes paranoia and disjointed thinking. I have the unfortunate ability to tune into that without even trying. On days like this I have to decipher...am I feeling my own angst? Am I experiencing a little woo woo, and picking up on someone else’s projected feelings? Many people don’t believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the parapsychological empathic experience. I defer that I have some trouble with the first two, but I no longer doubt the third. I’ve been doing it all of my life. I pick up on anger, sadness, and what I call creep factor (don't even ask...). As a child I learned to be very acutely aware of the moods and motivations of others. It was a survival method that stuck with me. Though it is a very uncomfortable way to live, sometimes it serves me well. Duplicity doesn’t work well with me, as I figure it out…maybe a step ahead of the thinker, their deeper motivations / feelings towards others. Empaths are like a magnetic force for troubled people, they are drawn to you. For this reason empaths tend to be loners. Life is easier that way. Yet here I am, working in a busy hub in mental health with a client base coming through in the hundreds.
But there are exceptions, sometimes you meet wonderful people that shine with an inner goodness. These kind of people are like sparklers, with open spirits that shine warm and bright, and their leaving causes the room to dim and you are diminished by loss that someone super remarkable has passed your way and now they are gone. Today I had to own my own sadness that one of those people is moving on to a new life. It was a career bump of sorts, one of many lately. I’m thinking it is time to give some consideration to my own moving on.