A few weeks ago I wrote a post called The Realities of Raising a Highly Sensitive Child. I had no idea the impact that post would have on you all. As a parent raising a highly sensitive child, those are my realities. But I often forget that those are other people’s realities as well and it is so good to not feel alone. Since that post went live, I have been trying to write the follow-up post about my Realities as a Highly Sensitive Mom. But it’s been extremely slow coming.
I am guided by my emotions after all!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, Highly Sensitive refers to people who have more sensitive sensory processing (simplified: their senses are more sensitive). They feel things strongly. They may be more sensitive to how their clothing feels rather than how it just looks. They can be highly emotional and internalize situations in their lives. They may even become overwhelmed easily. But they aren’t limited to these things. Every highly sensitive person has their own story and experiences.
Growing up and entering into the early part of my adult life, I had no concept of being Highly Sensitive. There was no normalization of my emotional state, just excuses. This is just teenage angst. You are just dealing with your husband being gone. You are an artist, that’s just a part of being a creative. You are just highly emotional. It wasn’t until we discovered that my daughter is highly sensitive, that I realized that I was a highly sensitive too!