I think that the problem with being empathetic is, feeling the constant pain the people around me are feeling. I am forever putting myself in someone else’s shoes and trying to see things from their vantage point. Why do people react the way they do, and why do some folks think a certain way? Can I see it the way that they do and truly understand where they are coming from? I was recently thinking about all of the transgender folks who get rejected by their families. Trying to understand how that could possibly happen. And, all the partners who make the decision to stay with someone in transition and get flack for it.