You can check out the links that I sent you, but I feel that you are definitely empathic. You are no longer alone in being empathic. There are many more of us that you will meet here at the EC. This is a time of great spiritual energy flowing into this world at this particular time and you are part of a large group of spirits who have come into this world to help raise the levels of Light, Life and Love and bring in a new age of peace and prosperity for all humans. You will have to learn some shielding techniques to help keep the emotions of others from overwhelming you. You can go to this link which will take you to the HOME PAGE. Scroll down the left hand side of the page and you will find The Empath Survival Program. There is also a video there that you can watch as well.
Sometimes old people have illnesses or regrets about past choices. If a person allows this to become all that they think about then it can overwhelm them. What you can learn from their energy is to take good care of your health and follow your dreams in this life. That way you will live a long and happy life and fulfill the quests and goals that you set for yourself before you can into this world.
Your Irish friend was just trying to be nice to you because you are a very nice person. So be happy about that. He is on his own life journey of a set of circumstances that he agreed to experience before coming here. These circumstances will eventually lead him to his goal in this life so don't feel sorry for him. Another thing that you will begin to notice is that people are attracted to you because you are very strong in Light Energy. If you could see your spirit from the spiritual realm you would see that it shines very brightly compared to others. People will come up to you and tell you their life stories and the energy that you give off will help them feel at peace. You will want to share this energy with lots of people, but you must always remember to shield yourself adequately because you are no good to anyone, especially yourself, if you do not maintain good health and strong energy. This is a constant topic here at the EC and is part of the book by Dolores Cannon called "The Three Waves of Volunteers and The New Earth." You are one of those volunteers as am I. I will explain more of this to you if you want to know more about this subject.
About your brother, he is being a bold lump and his behaviour is going to get him into some problems in the future. Your Dad may be too kind to him, but others in this world will not be so generous with their love. He is on a path of his own making and Karma will definitely catch up to him within the near future. The best that you can do is to respect your Dad and show him deep affection. Let him know that he is loved and doing a good job as a parent. Buy him a gift or a card with the words "Just because I love you" inside of it. It will mean so much to him and make him more happy than you can realize at this time. You will feel the difference in him.
I am happy that this other young gentleman bought you a drink. He didn't have much, but what he had he wanted to share with you. Like I said previously people will like to be around you because you make them happy and are genuinely kind. It comes out in the energy that you project into this world.
Many empaths are drawn to animals and wish to help them. Some empaths that I know cannot live around people as they find the negative energy a bit overwhelming. Some who feel like this become veterinarians as they use their gift to FEEL the illness of their patients and this then helps them to make a better diagnosis.
If you ever wish to chat or need something researched please feel free to drop me a line. It is never a bother as, like you, I LOVE to help others. It is what I do in this world. Once again welcome to the EC the oasis of thousands of empaths and always know that you are loved and surrounded by angels.
Throw some love into the wind.