Empaths and NDE's or Near Death Experiences
Although I did have an NDE at the age of 24, when I actually recognized my empathic abilities at 36 and thought back, I realized I'd had them since I was a small child. The other abilities I have were also around long before the NDE. My childhood was normal except a lot of teasing/bullying at school from other kids and also a volatile household at times with temperamental father and oldest brother. Being a sensitive introvert, I would usually head for a quiet place until the turmoil was over with. Since I was that sensitive at the earliest age I can remember, I believe I was born this way. There are also other empaths in my family/extended family with various other abilities as well.