Life is complicated, and we’re all acutely aware of that fact. We will all encounter tough interpersonal conflict and criticism, and unfortunately, we might even (as adults) still face name-calling that harks back to our time as elementary school students.
It happens within our families, within our social circles, and yes, sometimes between our peers in the workplace. It’s certainly happened to me, and the advice I invariably hear is that I should develop thicker skin. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been given that advice in my life.
What I’ve come to realize, however, is that I’m okay with my thin skin. I am a very emotional person, and I definitely wear my heart on my sleeve.
I understand that the thick skin advice comes from a good place when given, however, what is wrong with being affected? Furthermore, what’s wrong with admitting to other people who you are affected?
Don’t let anyone tell you that having “thin skin” is a flaw. Your beautiful and feeling heart is a strength.
Some of my favorite people have thin skin, and most of the truly gifted, creative, and innovative people who I’ve met in my life are highly emotional and feeling individuals.
When people criticize me, I feel it. When people are right down rude or insulting to me, I really feel it. I don’t let it keep me down, because I have enough self-worth (at this age) to see ugliness for what it is, but dang it, I’ve got super thin skin, and I’m not ashamed of that…I’m proud of it!!