An Observation About Boringness

My high sensitivity made me a fantastically boring teenager. I had my first alcoholic drink when it was legal for me to do so. I never tried smoking. I was home by curfew. I have zero interesting teenage escapades to tell. In fairness, I’m also a fairly dull adult and still have few good stories [...]

But What If I’m A Demanding Diva?

My sensitivity to others’ needs used to trump my sensitivity to my own needs when I was a young ‘un. I didn’t want to be the difficult-to-accommodate-diva, so I would agree to see films that would give me nightmares, or spend time in bars that were too loud and crowded, or stay up when I [...]

An Observation About Being Prepared

I’m facing a year of home renovations. Moving things from one room to another, tearing things down; disarray, not being able to locate a damn thing in the house; dust, noise, general mayhem, decisions, and stress; moving things back into the room, and starting over with the next room. Apparently, in order to brace myself, [...]

A Confession

I don’t do moderation well in anything I enjoy. My high sensitivity has made me a pleasure junkie.

An Observation About Defending The Sensitivities

Once upon a time, I was on a Spanish course. The teacher was explaining the meaning of the expression “no es para tanto” (in Spanish, you understand, it was one of those target language only courses) and used the following example: You meet a friend of yours and he’s crying profusely; you ask him what’s [...]

An Observation About Hands

I talk to customers and volunteers at my workplace virtually daily, and I need help. What, exactly, is one supposed to do with one’s hands while talking to a stranger standing up? Crossing your arms apparently sends negative vibes (even if you only do it for comfort), but letting them just hang by your sides [...]

An Observation About Lending An Ear

While I wish to avoid conflict and negativity, my thoroughly empathetic nature leads me to lend an ear to virtually anyone who is upset and angry about something and needs to vent. Let it all out! Vent! Pour it all on me! You’ll feel better!

An Observation About Accumulation

I fancy a bit of background music so I turn on the radio and set the volume just right. Fifteen minutes later, I come back and turn the volume down a notch. Another fifteen minutes later, I come back and turn the volume down a notch. Another fifteen minutes later, I come back and turn the [...]

An Observation About Manners

You want to know exactly how polite I am? I dropped a screw in our basement and it rolled into a dimly lit corner. When retrieving it, I realised I put my hand right through a spider web. With a spider on it. And said “Oh I’m so sorry, Mr. Spider”. -No spiders were harmed [...]

My Apologies For The Late Reply

I was on sick leave from work for two days and feel terribly guilty that people did not receive replies to their emails in a timely manner. That I have the nerve to go and get sick even though people need replies! #bademployee