I am a churning pool of emotion. I am one of those people who can put themselves in anyone’s shoes to feel the emotion that pulls on their heart-strings. Sometimes it is a true blessing and sometimes the catastrophic emotional breakdown is embarrassing. The control of the outpouring of tears in public has been much improved but behind closed doors all bets are off.
Empathy is a gift that I feel truly fortunate to have. It is easy to be sympathetic and try to understand what another human being is enduring but to be able to delve into that raw emotion and feel the searing scars of that pain as if it were my own enables me to really reach out to that suffering soul and comprehend what they are going through.
That mutual experience of emotion, for me, is not strictly reserved for direct contact with another human being. I experience the same overwhelming sensations if I am watching an emotionally charged movie, listening to beautifully composed music or reading a consuming book that drips with powerful sentiment. Last night my face was awash with tears watching a simple television show. I’m not sure what came over me but the story was deeply touching and as I felt the first tear caress my cheek I knew there were more to follow.
Perhaps part of my longing to write with such feeling is because I want the person reading to have the same experience I had while writing it. I want the emotion that held my heart prisoner to be injected into the reader with the same paralyzing sensation that I so easily succumbed. I can only hope that once my novel is complete, the characters that I birthed will be overflowing with angst, ready to cry on a whim and that I can somehow find a way to make those feelings jump off the page.
It’s a gift, really.
My favorite novels/movies are *always* the ones that make me cry.
When I am moved to tears by words, I know I’m reading the work of a skilled writer. What a fantastic goal you’ve set for yourself!
Thank you…hope I can achieve that goal.
I enjoyed the ease you displayed explaining your emotions. Well done.
Thank you…sometimes they can get the best of me!
Being able to evoke emotion is a gift and a skill, which you have.
(I first read the title as “bathed in saltines” and was expecting a very different post.)
Haha…a post about saltines….now that would just be crackers!! (sorry, I’ve been up since 5:30 this morning)
(And thank you for that lovely compliment….much appreciated!)
Your ability to appreciate, harness and express your emotions is what makes your writing so honest, and why people connect with it. It’s also a big part of what makes you who you are. It’s a gift for you, and for your readers 😉
What a sweet thing to say. Thank you for that! 🙂