Because of extensive damage to my cerebral cortex brought about through cerebral palsy and Autism, I don’t have the automatic ability to feel or respond to another person’s emotions or to feel another person’s emotional state as if their emotions were something I felt for myself.
I don’t have cognitive empathy and have never been able to feel, but through my words, I can empathise, use compassion, be tolerant and have understanding. My intuition is a big part of that. It allows me to understand where I fail to feel.
Coming to understand my disability and the difficulties I faced as a child, mentally, emotionally and physically is something I have continually had to fight for. Being able to put a name to my disability and work through my symptoms has been a turning point for me.
This is another of my truths. It is okay to right a wrong in an open, honest and transparent way without sensationalising our experiences, just to make what we’ve had to deal with sound better or to make us look good. Expressing the truth and being open about it, allows us to understand and come to terms with our experiences.
It is important that happens. We cannot anticipate or vouch for how others will see our truth, but the universe knows and will always want to pave the way for us to speak it.