Hi, I'm new the site and this is my first post, and I'm not entirely sure I know how to say what i'm trying to, so bare with me
I am wondering if its possible to be to empathetic? I find myself getting upset by things that are not happening to me, I always feel like I need to make things better for other people try and take on there problems as my own and lose sleep over things I cannot change for them. It goes as far as seeing something on the news or even a fictional tv programme and get upset to the point of tears thinking of what that must be like for the person or imagining what I would do if I was in that situation.
The trigger that has caused me to reach out today is due to, in my local city a young man has been murdered over the weekend. Now I do know this man, I dated a member of his family for 3 years about 15 years ago so did spend quite a bit of time with him whilst we where in our early teens, but other than the occasional hello if passing in the street I haven't spoken to him for about 15 years.
This has caused me extreme upset since I have found out, I have broken down in tears multiple times a day, I have dreamt of him and cant the thought of him dying out of my head. I cant think of the pain his family must be feeling, not to mention his girlfriend, I get a physical pain in my chest whenever I think of them, and I just break down. This inevitably leads to the feelings of, what would I do if I lost a member of my family in such a way, or my partner, planning a life with someone then them being taken so suddenly, just feels unbearable to me.
I know this sounds like grief, but I feel like I don't know this person enough to be having such strong emotions towards it.
I feel like I feel too much. Is that even a thing? I don't know.. any thoughts?