When you’re an empath, when you are the kind of person who feels deeply, walking away can be a very long process, it can be painfully difficult. When you love with everything inside of you, it can be easy to make excuses for the way that someone makes you feel, just to keep them in your life. And the truth is, a lot of people who are highly sensitive, and who are empathetic, understand it from a level that is deep and engrained and often a reflection of what they themselves have been through. See, those who love the hardest, and who are the kindest should, have often lived in a world that was not so kind to them, and have loved people who haven’t always protected their hearts. They understand what it means to be the kind of person who has been let down, they know what it is like to be walked away from, to question their heart, and within that it can be extremely confusing to determine whether to stay or to let go, it can bee extremely difficult to give themselves permission to stop tearing themselves apart just to make something work, because they want so desperately to believe in the potential, and the hope they have; they so desperately want to protect someone from ever having to feel the way that they felt, from ever having to go through that. And so they stay.
But at what point does that become self sabotage? At what point does caring deeply about another human start to mean that you are no longer caring for yourself?