Empathy. I’ve always been a sensitive person and I feel other people’s pain and happiness almost to a fault. This is why you’ve seen me cry at movies, tv shows, commercials, and novels. I don’t always cry at every sad thing I see but I can instantly put myself in another person’s shoes, even fictional. If I see someone is engaged or having a baby I can’t wipe the grin from my face. If something sad has happened to someone I know or a stranger I can’t stop thinking about that person and what they must be feeling. Feeling other people’s emotions helps me connect to those around me. Makes me feel human and reminds me that we are all human.
I might not have travelled the same path, but I’ve stumbled. I’ve kicked rocks beneath my feet. I’ve been stuck in the mud during a downpour. I’ve tripped over my feet and fell on my ass. I’ve stopped at crossroads. We all have. There’s a story behind every person’s eyes. If we are that self absorbed that we can’t see beyond our own wants and desires then we should no longer be the human race. Without empathy we cannot survive as the human race. So put your own selfishness away for a moment, think about those around you. Think about how terrified those children were during the school day. Think about how terrified those parents were finding out. Imagine going about your mundane life and hearing shots out of nowhere. Imagine your heart racing. Imagine your feet can’t move fast enough. Imagine being struck by a bullet. Imagine watching your closest friend being struck. Imagine your child or granddaughter. The idea is heartbreaking. My chest is tight and I can’t breathe thinking about it. These are the times we live in. There needs to be change and if you can’t see that, then you’re not human.
Teach your child empathy. If you want the human race to continue, teach and show empathy to your children and grandchildren and nieces and nephews and neighbors and strangers.