“it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are”. e.e. cummings
The memory of reading an e.e.cummings poem brings joy to my heart, and his poem “i carry your heart with me” moves me to tears. The first thing I noticed when introduced to an e.e.cummings poem was his style of using lower case letters
and unusual word placement. His poems visually appeared to be a sharp contrast from the other poets enjoyed by the class, and on some level I realized —he’s different. I wish I could say that my life was changed, and I immediately accepted my own differences. Like most young people I fell into wanting to fit in the same shoes as every one else, but not individual enough to walk well in loose-fitting shoes. I believe I connected to his sensitivity in the poems, which leads to recent information I’ve found that I think can make a difference in my life.
I’ve always been aware of my sensitivity. Painfully, reminded many times by parents, teachers, and classmates. Elaine Aron, PhD author of The Highly Sensitivity Person, a book about how sensitivity affects our close relationships brings this to the surface for me. She began researching high sensitivity in 1991 also calling it Sensory-Processing Sensitivity (SPS, the trait’s scientific term). I have a strong connection to this new break through. I find myself feeling more like “yes, this sounds like me”. I’m not crazy –I have a tribe to connect with that will understand these mixed emotions of mine, and relate how crazy it feels. I plan to keep up my own investigation about where this new information will continue to lead me. I encourage you to check out Elaine Aron and her article in Psychology Today available
at newsstands. Here is a peek:
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