Does the mind have more potential than we can observe? Research is being conducted to understand how our brain’s neuron connections work, but I wonder if even that will lead us to understand unexplained things.
I’m in upper high school, so I’ve made a few friends in higher grades, people who were around when I was in grade 9 or 10 that have since graduated and I haven’t seen since. These people don’t usually cross my mind, until I run into them unexpectedly. But recently I experienced a situation quite unlike that. (Note for any of my real life friends who are reading this; if you remember these people coming to the show in a different order, you’re probably right. Bad memory. But bear with me here.) When I was in my school’s musical, who would I see afterwards that had shown up but Miranda, a friend’s older sister who I knew before high school but graduated the year before I came. I’d always known her from a friendly distance, so I didn’t say much. Later I was thinking of (I think) guys I had and/or had not been awkward with, and remembered this guy Jason I was somewhat friends with when I was in grade nine and he in twelve. I hadn’t remembered that in at least months, if not a year, but sometimes you remember things suddenly that were once lost in the recesses of your mind, right? Yeah. Normal.
But who did I see when I came out of the backstage room the next night we performed? You guessed it. I was on my way out to see friends, but Jason was sitting a bit to the side, and as I passed him he was like “hey, good job” or whatever. I’m assuming he recognized me, but we didn’t stop to chat or anything, because I had somewhere to be and he was presumably waiting for someone else. But later I was struck with the oddity that I would see him just the day after I had remembered him. (Well, isn’t it weird to you too? Like, what a coincidence!) But oh, we haven’t got to the third part of this story yet.
After I noticed this odd connection between remembering Jason and seeing him again, my mind wandered to another Anna I knew (better than Jason), because she was in the same grade as him and we became friends during a choir thingy that me, her, him, and a few other people did. After remembering her with fondness, I again put it out of my mind (as a person does while going about their day, and in this case, also performing in a musical. After the show I was standing around with my friends and who came up to me but the very same Anna. She congratulated me and raved about how much she loved the musical, and how was I doing, and things like that. Needless to say, I was surprised, and this time I noted to myself even as I was talking to her that it was strange to see her.
This hasn’t just happened to me this one time either. A while back, I was considering teaching as a profession, because it seemed like a good fit for me, besides my dislike of speaking to groups. I realized that being a teacher is kind of like constantly presenting. I also noticed that teachers seemed to have rules that were more strict at the beginning of the year than later on. So I had some hypotheses there. The next day our physics class got lost in one of its normal tangent filled class discussions. My physics teacher (who absolutely loves what he does) ended up at explaining to the class that at the beginning of the year, with a new class, talking feels more like presenting, but later on, as he gets to know the students, talking feels just like having a conversation. Strange and coincidental, strange and coincidental…
So, basically, this can be one of several things. Either (a) I can summon people by telepathy by merely thinking about them, (b) my brain can predict the future, or (c) it was just a big coincidence where lots of people came to see the musical, and the ones I recognized just happened to be the ones I knew, and people who I didn’t remember were there too. I think the first two are much more likely though, because I mean, the last one took a lot of explaining. And the more straightforward and logical an argument is, the more credential it has, right? Right?
So I’m either telepathic or can see the future. Just figured I’d let you guys know. Before I become all famous or something. Unless the same thing has happened to anyone else… In which case you should let me know and we can take over the world and the solar system together and rename everything after Canada like this tumblr post did…
(WARNING, sorry, strong language in this picture, depending on who you are and how offended you get. I didn’t create any of it.)
And yeah, no matter what caused all this, the brain is a pretty freakin’ awesome part of us humans. Keep living and stuff and keep using your brainses to the best of their abilities, because I’m thinking they’ll reward you with the universes of mystery they contain if you do.