"For the sensitive ones"

I have had a reoccurring thought that maybe I am too sensitive. I feel too much. I wear my heart on my sleeve too much. All in all, I worry, me as a whole could just be too much for everyone. 

I know certain things shouldn't bother me. Living with anxiety, they do. No matter how much I try to change the focus of my energy, little things will still get to me. I know that people live busy lives and that things come up. Some people use others for their own personal gain. People take others for granted. For me I pride myself in being a thoughtful caring human. When other people don't treat me the same way, it effects me. I know some people would be reading this and thinking, "well Stef, that is the world we live in today". But I've decided I disagree.

I think society has continued to feed us the "it's a dog eats dog world" mentality for too long. It does not have to be that way. If we all just start showing ourselves more kindness and compassion it would automatically have a ripple effect onto the people we come into contact with. We always wait for the change to occur. The thing is WE have to be the change. If by just being mindful of the words we use and of our actions, can help make the world we live in a better place then why aren't more people doing it? I believe it is because the stigma about being a sensitive person or a person living with mental illness is still alive. 

It is simple. Back to basics. Kindness and compassion. Start with our own internal dialogue. I invite you all to do this. Yes, it can hurt when others don't reciprocate but I can assure you the positive impact far out ways it. Positivity is contagious. I am not going to change who I am to fit into a society who would prefer me to be silent. I will be the change for the people whose inner ninja is still growing stronger. Together we can break the stigma. 

Live, breathe, embrace. 

Stef 

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Tenille Westerhout