Ever since I was a small child I was always able to empathise because of my own physical problems, although I was more akin at expressing myself inward more than outward.
Empathy can be spontaneous, inherent and inbuilt for those of us with those qualities, but not everyone will have them. I believe though that even if it’s not something we have, it’s something we can learn to cultivate, we’ve just got to want to. It’s something that needs to continue to be nurtured if it is to work. As easy as it is to have it, it is easy to lose it when stress sets in.
I also believe we must continue to have empathy, if we are to understand more about our lives and that of others.