April 11, 2013

Situational Awareness

I kinda think I'm psychic. Stop laughing. I'm serious. Maybe. Shut up. Two events got me thinking about this.

Episode One: The other day Owen and I were walking down the stairs. As we reached the halfway point, I started thinking about what would happen if Owen fell down the stairs before we reached the bottom. A split second later he did exactly that. He stumbled and fell down the steps. Luckily he flung an arm up as soon as he felt the steps come out from under him. I grabbed it and pulled him out of the fall.

Episode Two: I was in the local grocery store buying beer because that's what I buy when I go to grocery stores. I went with a half case of my old favorite, a beer that's lovingly packed in nice thick green cardboard boxes. As I was reching for the box, the thought crossed my mind, I wonder what would happen if one of these boxes fell apart as I was picking it up. And sure enough that's exactly what happened. Bottles went everywhere spiraling out of control as their seals were broken.

Okay, I don't honestly think I'm psychic. I'm calling it great situational awareness. Still, ever since I was a kid I got vibes off of people. I could tell when someone was bad - really up to no good - when I'd get chills a few seconds after passing close to them. Maybe this is no different. Maybe I'm just fine tuned to people. Maybe I was born over an Indian burial ground.

Posted by Chris at April 11, 2013 7:55 AM

Cool! I have something similar. If I make plans to do something (Go on vacation, out to dinner, etc.) and I can't picture it in my head, I know the plans are going to fall through somehow. You could call it self-fulfilling, but it can be as simple as someone canceling or a business trip being rescheduled or something.

Posted by: Ashley at April 11, 2013 10:39 AM

I'm the same way with people. In Christianity we call that discernment. It's a spiritual gift. :-)

Posted by: Holly at April 11, 2013 12:11 PM

For people, I always think it's a specific hormonal smell. Apparently some schizophrenics actually smell noticeably different than the majority of the population.

Posted by: alektra at April 11, 2013 5:30 PM