Lile you, I used to work a job in an area with a lot of bums. And I had to walk past them to get to a garage to grab my car. And I was hounded like you. I was even attached a couple times. Still to this day that happens. Not every bum, but always the most wacked out ones. And they'll run at me from two blocks down the street or across a park. This has come up in discussion before but there seems to be something about severely mentally ill people that allows them to be so attracted to our energy.
You're right on schedule as an empath. With babies I have read that while young their brains register at a different frequency. And that this is the reason babies through about age 10 can so easily see ghosts and feel and see energy. They are tuned in to that and then most lose that ability as they near puberty and their brain freqency changes to what adults have. And I suspect its the same with animals as well. So in being able to detect your pure healing empath energy they get calm and happy. One of my favorite things as an empath is when I'll be sitting at a restaurant somewhere and some little baby partially wriggles free of her Mom's hold just to be able to get a good look at me. And then I get that knowing look from the baby and a big toothless grin. And then out of all the people in the room, the baby can't take her eyes of me. They definitely know something about us that we don't yet know or understand in ourselves. I don't know if they see our aura as particularly exciting or what. But it's pretty awesome. And it always reminds me that we empaths are pretty special. And that we have much work to do in understanding what we have, and how to use it to change our world for the better.