Empathy can be defined as ‘the ability to understand and share the feelings of another’. But to me, it runs so much deeper than that. To me, empathy means taking on someone else’s heavy heart and soul for a while; embodying them and their feelings. And while that can be wonderful, it’s also something that doesn’t feel like a choice, so it can also be draining. This pattern explores my experience of empathy and the elements of the pattern represent seeing into someone’s soul, experiencing the same suffering and the emotional pay-off of that.