I’ve been a sensitive person for as long as I can remember. I’m an emotional person, I want to cry when I’m frustrated and I generally feel things a lot. It’s only recently, within the past six months or so, that I’ve noticed how negatively I perceive my own sensitivity as a trait when I’ve been in situations that have brought out my sensitivity. It’s always something that I want to suppress and hide like it’s a bad thing, as though it’s something that I should be ashamed of.
I’ve included a picture below which I posted on my Instagram not too long ago because it sums me up pretty well.
I’m sensitive, but I’m not weak.
For a long while, I thought that my sensitivity made me weak and that I needed to grow a thicker skin. I guess that I just wanted to feel strong, and I thought having thick skin would solve my sensitivity trait. But having a thick skin in terms of my sensitivity is quite the opposite of what I need.
I admit that in certain situations that I should probably grow a thick skin. Sometimes I can take things personally, even if they never intended it in such a way. That is something that I am working on and will come with time. That’s a whole different situation, however.
There’s so much more to being sensitive than I ever realised and in the midst of things, it’s easy to forget all of the positive things that come with being a sensitive person. It’s easy to be hard on yourself in situations that bring out your sensitivity. I’m always hard on myself. I can cry out of frustration or anger, then cry even more out of frustration because I cry. It’s like a vicious circle!
Being sensitive really isn’t something to be ashamed off, not in the slightest. Along with sensitivity, you have so many other traits interlinked with this that make you who you are. You’re empathetic towards other people and their situations. It can make you a good listener. As a sensitive person, you more than likely appreciate the little things in life (I know I definitely do). It can honestly take the smallest thing for someone or something to make my day that little bit brighter.
There are so many more positives to being sensitive that you may not even realise, but at the end of the day, it makes you who you are (as clique as that may sound). It’s only taken me up until recently to realise this and I sometimes wish that I’d realised it sooner. As hard as it may be, don’t let anyone make you feel bad because you’re a sensitive person.
Being sensitive is your superpower, not your downfall.
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