I can feel other people's thoughts. I don't call it mind reading because I don't actively search for them and it doesn't work with everyone. I can also feel their emotions, not an aura really because it just pops up in my head, I don't see it.
My friend can be smiling, but I'll feel sadness or anxiety or something else, and it's kind of awkward to talk normally after that. I don't want to pry into anyone's social life, but the more I busy myself with other stuff, the more I feel. Then I don't want it to go away, because I like that it makes me different from anyone else.
I can only feel current happenings, too, not past thoughts, unless someone is recalling a memory. I have to be really close to complete strangers for me to "feel" them, but my one really close friend, she lives about 2 miles away from me and whenever I try to feel what she is doing at the time, I always get it right. This has begun to freak her out... Our friendship is not in danger or anything, though.
I guess what I want to know by posting this is if there is anyone else who can do this or something similar, and what experiences they have had. For instance, what food people are eating always comes to me easier than the clothing they are wearing. Thank you to everyone who replies to this!