“Sympathy’s easy. You have sympathy for starving children swatting at flies on the late-night commercials. Sympathy is easy because it comes from a position of power. Empathy is getting down on your knees and looking someone else in the eye and realizing you could be them, and that all that separates you is luck.”
It's amazing how fast being around the wrong kind of energy can completely shift your entire being into a downward spiral of low vining bullshit, intrusive thoughts, and even trigger or retraumatize you. Trust YOUR self, what you FEEL.