Even though I didn't realize it until all this existential stuff became so trendy, I've always been an empath. When I was a kid in elementary school, I remember the teacher explaining the concept of "taking a walk in someone else's shoes" and being dumbfounded by the fact that she had to explain such a thing to us. I'm not trying to sound like a pretentious douche but I just hadn't realized that some people don't think that way.
It didn't take practice or really any effort at all for that matter; I've just always been super mindful and aware of other people's feelings. In a few less words, it's pretty hard for me to enjoy myself if someone else in the room is having a bad day or being picked on. Or whatever.
That's not to say that I'm never an asshole; I'm only human. But being able to vividly understand — or at least closely relate, to your best ability — how other people are feeling comes with its downsides. Mainly just one. And that's the simple fact that it makes you look like a pushover. People often mistake kindness for weakness and that's really a shame.
Not sure where exactly I'm going with this, but I guess the message of the day is to be kind. The world is rough and stupid sometimes.