baby u a herkimer diamond

by prettyboy aloe

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"There is a vision that plays in my head very often. I remember the night the vision was induced in my mind and even then, it felt so familiar. It was an evening in Brickell Key, Miami, and I was with my friend, Zachary. While waiting for our friend Bliss, Zachary and I sat on a bench, alongside the Miami River as we lingered on the island. My eyes wandered before I could inhale deeply. As the night sunk darker and the wind blew colder, an elevated euphoria hit me. I was unable to comprehend why I felt such ecstasy. The topography of the island affected me immensely; the depth of the night sky, the faint jazz music coming from across the river, along with the sound of the waves, the wind tangling my hair, and my head on Zachary’s right shoulder. Glaring at the city lights seeking through the scandalous Miami humidity, I cried. It was in that moment that the vision originated.
Suddenly, the vision shifts to a close-up of a gentlelady in her early 20s, wearing a red velvet gown as she sits inside a high-class restaurant late at night with a group of young adults. She handles her glass of white wine and places it gently on the interstice of her matte, dark nude lipstick-stained lips to take a sip. I am unsure who this lady is, but I recognize the setting as being somewhere on Brickell Key that same night I was with Zachary.

Months have passed since I had the vision. One day, Zachary was talking to me about empaths. An empath is a person with the competence to apprehend the mental and/or emotional state of another individual, someone specifically in tune with their empathetic capabilities. It reminded me of when in the 7th grade, my math teacher, Mrs. Fonseca, told me that I seemed to be an empath after I mentioned to her that I prefer to not witness someone going through emotional or physical pain as I, too, will experience that pain in that exact moment. Empathy is the ability to comprehend another person’s feelings. When you are empathic towards another, you are, idiomatically, placing yourself in their shoes. I have learned that an empath can actually feel physically ill after being so affected by others, just as I had experienced in the 7th grade.

One day, I was at Zachary’s house and he brought up the idea that he felt he was an empath. We vaguely spoke about the topic until Zachary drowsed off. In the meantime, I proceeded out to his patio to assign myself some time for thinking. I sat down on a reclined chair, and looking up to the evening sky, once again, the vision transpired; this time it fully unmasked itself. I broke the vision down scene-by-scene to analyze it. I came to realization that the vision provoked not only the idea of how I am an Empath, but also, why I am greatly affected by others. The visions of others that played in my head that night were visions I had picked up from those around me as a result of my empathetic abilities.

Putting all of these pieces together gave me a much clearer insight on myself and it means to be an empath. I've realized that any time I am surrounded by others I feel a combination of my own emotions as well as the emotions of those around me, and I must always make myself aware of the difference. The night of my vision reflects of the beauty of being an empath, and was the catalyst of my acceptance of it. When I didn’t understand it, it may have made things seemingly more difficult. Yet now that I’ve found this understanding of myself, I can truly say I am proud to call myself an empath."

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released January 26, 2016

•• prettyboy aloe

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