Sunday, 15 June 2014

Sensitivity is not a weakness

Being a sensitive person can be quite tough in today's society, where showing emotions is considered a weakness, and where mental conditions like depression and anxiety aren't taken as seriously as physical conditions.

I've often been told to toughen up in order to make it in the "real world". Don't get me wrong, I'm no pushover. I'm not afraid to speak up against injustices and you don't have to walk on eggshells around me. But I won't pretend to be strong in situations that make me feel uncomfortable, and I won't step on others to get ahead. I prefer being true to myself.

I've encountered many insensitive people over the years. Teachers, employers, class mates, even relatives. It can be hard to put yourself in someone else's place, especially if you're not a very sensitive person yourself. But that's no excuse for putting others down or pressuring them into being something they're not.

I want to live in a world where people treat each other with respect. A world where sensitive people don't have to fight for the right to be themselves. I've often apologised for being sensitive, taking the blame when others have hurt me. But not anymore. Being sensitive doesn't automatically mean that you're over-sensitive.

I know my strengths and my weaknesses. I've worked hard to become the person I am today and I'm proud of the progress I've made. Writing is therapeutic and I hope to be able to share my story one day. Maybe I can help other sensitive people stand up for themselves, and show less sensitive people that life is so much better when you show a little empathy.