Living With ESP Is Not as Cool as It Sounds

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Sometimes I think other people boasting about their extrasensory perception, or ESP, is as laughable as when Karen Smith calls her "ESPN" a "fifth sense" in Mean Girls. Psychics, crystal balls, reading random creases on your palm, fortune tellers, fortune cookies ... it's all got to be one big joke, right?

But there have been a couple times in my life when I've had to take a step back and ask myself: "Wow, do I have ESP?"

Random things, like seeing flashes of something I'll happen to see out and about or on TV later, or something to that effect, I've usually copped to random neurons flying around in my brain and sheer coincidence. But twice now, I'm convinced that my mind "sensed" when tragedy was going to strike.


Even though I'm a cynic when it comes to, well, mostly everything, I do think everyone has hunches or feelings about particular things that happen in their everyday lives. It's a matter of if you're perceptive of it. My ability to "sense things" was particularly strong when I was a young lass -- perhaps when I was more sensitive to it or something. It helped a lot on multiple choice tests, too.

The first time I had an ESP "episode," I was around 8 or 9. When I woke up one not-so-special morning, I physically couldn't get out of bed. A feeling of foreboding and doom was so pervasive that I was afraid to get up and face the day. Though I managed to finally get up and go to school (my parents didn't think "I feel like the world's going to end" was much of an excuse), it felt like a raincloud was following me around all day, and although I didn't tell anyone else about how frightened I was, I just knew in my gut that something bad was going to happen. It was as weird and crazy and inexplicable as it was scary.

A couple of days later, we found out about a family friend who was tragically killed.

The first time it happened, I didn't think much of it, but when it happened a second time, I started to think maybe this was something more. It occurred about a year later, and I had the same exact feeling I had the first time. Again, a few days later, my friend's mother was unexpectedly killed in a car accident.

I was worried I had crossed the line from "odd" to "big freak." But fortunately, it hasn't happened since, and unfortunately, I've known a lot of people who've died since. So maybe it was something that happened when I was younger, but the next time I feel that way, I'm going to pay attention to what happens -- and make sure everyone I love doesn't leave the house.

Of course, you could be thinking I'm totally making this up, and I wouldn't blame you, as I'm equally skeptical about these things. I mean, how can one prove a "feeling"? I took an ESP test online a few seconds ago and failed it miserably. But I know I can't be the only one who can "sense" things before they happen. And even though you may not believe me, I know (or perhaps just "sense") that there's got to be something to this, even if those of us who get these feelings when they least expect them can't necessarily prove it.

What about you? Have you ever thought you could "feel" what was going to happen before it did?


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