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May 15, 2017

Signs You’re A Highly Sensitive Person (And Why You Should Embrace It)

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Milada Vigerova

We’re the highly sensitive ones. The ones who can’t always hold back the tears, the ones who confess our hopes and dreams to strangers. We’re searching for a connection beyond the surface.

So what, we’re sensitive and we’re not ashamed of it.

If this is you, stop apologizing for it. It’s nothing to be sorry about. I won’t apologize either. Some of you may ask, “what does it mean to be highly sensitive” or you’re thinking “that’s a thing?”

Yes, it is a thing. A real thing. It exists. Let’s start with a definition.

Highly Sensitive Person: has been described as having hypersensitivity to external stimuli, a greater depth of cognitive processing, and high emotional reactivity. (ME ME ME)

FINALLY, IT ALL MAKES SENSE.

To us, everything matters on a much bigger scale. Every relationship, every person, every conversation. (Every piece of pizza matters too)

Often, we are the ones who care more than we should. We give more than normal.

Do we regret this? No. I think this make us human. We are vulnerable and sensitive because we want to feel something and were not always afraid to. (We just may have to bring tissues with us everywhere we go.)

We’re not always the best at showing our emotions or sharing our feelings with others. Were good at bottling things up. Keeping people out. Building walls around us. Our feelings are intense, sincere, and consuming.

Examples: There’s a cute dog, or an elderly couple holding hands, or you just wake up and the suns shinning and you cry. You’re happy and inspired by all these things, and how do you handle it? With tears. It’s great. When words don’t suffice, you cry. OK?

Being sensitive is something dear to my heart because a lot of people look down upon it and criticize you for it. I don’t think that’s fair. I don’t think anyone gets to dictate what you feel and when you feel.

Please don’t hide behind the mask anymore. Take it off. Don’t be ashamed of feeling too much. Embrace your emotions as much as you can. You get to see the world from a different perspective. You get to experience it from a place a lot of people will never understand. You are one of the lucky ones.

Shed tears when you must, scream at the top of your lungs when things get too heavy, and laugh for as long as you need.

This is what it means to be alive and to feel, really feel. I like being super sensitive and emotional 95% of the time. It’s not always easy though. A lot of the times I’m telling myself to hold it together, don’t cry, don’t cry, don’t cry.

But at the end of the day, it’s who I am, and how I face life. It’s who you are. It’s how you face life. Why should we let anyone take that away from us?

Please, recognize every moment and feeling as it unfolds before you. I’ll be standing right there with you crying and jumping for joy, because I believe in being highly sensitive and loving every minute of it. TC mark