Missed my last post? Read Part 6 of My Highly Sensitive Recovery where I discuss my own relief as a HSP.
As pertains to the previous blog, in my own personal experience and those of my many HS patients, HSPs seem to walk to the beat of their own drummer. Our timeline is rarely the timeline of others or of the mainstream.
HSPs walk to the beat of their own drummer and still achieve their dreams
Writhing and twisting ourselves into preconceived pigeon holes to keep up with societal demands can produce very detrimental results.
As my highly sensitive mother would say to me, “you’re a deep thinker and you walk to your own drummer.” That could have been the perfect description of an HSP then and still is now.
Being unaware of high sensitivity causes undue stress
Unaware of my special trait of high sensitivity, it nearly killed me to attend my full-time classes, fulfill my necessary psychology internships and work a 25 hour job, resulting in 80-hour weeks without counting studying and paper-writing.
I was possibly busy nearly 100 hours per week for all those years. That process ground me down to a fine powder. You could have blown me away with a feather. There was very little left of me by the time I completed my education, and yet I don’t regret a minute of it. I only regret how I went about it and to what standards I held myself.
If I’d known how grueling it was keeping such a rigorous and soul-depleting schedule as an HSP, I would have done things differently. This is also why I want to help other HSPs to not grate themselves down to a pulp whilst pursuing their goals and dreams. It may take a little longer, but it is possible to achieve our dreams without draining our last ounce of energy or losing our health.
Looking for more? Continue reading Part 8 of My Highly Sensitive Recovery where I discuss finally finding my home in paradise.