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SoCS- 12/31/22- Leaping into the New Year

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “new/knew.’” Use one, use both, use them any way you like. Bonus points if you use both. Enjoy!

I knew right away that I wanted to post an uplifting and humorous stream. Yet, where I’m sitting in ‘time’ is daunting me and repressing my funny bone.
Let me explain…
It’s not new to a few of you that I have Spatial Sequence Synesthesia.
No, it’s not a disease or mental illness, it’s a ‘special’ way my early childhood brain framed my interpretation of numerical sequences including days, months, and years. I have what is called “mental maps” of dates and times. It’s a 3D mental image that somewhat translates to a 3D physical orientation in space that never changes. Overall, I think it’s really cool! I didn’t find out it had a name until I turned 60 years old. Until then, all my questions to family and friends about how they ‘see’ numbers were met with blank stares.
I cannot imagine NOT ‘seeing’ sequences any more than people without this gift can imagine ‘seeing’ them.
Here’s the meat of my post… On the last day of December each year, I feel physically in the lowest (not unhappy but in space) position on my ‘map’.
New Year’s Day makes me take a ‘leap’ to my highest ‘place’. It really is an orientation in time that I constantly am aware of. That leap and juxtaposition is unnerving to me for about a week. I feel as though I’m off balance and a bit lost during that time. It’s similar to the feeling you may get when staying overnight in an unfamiliar place and not feeling ‘at home’ there.

Luckily, I am a mother of a New Year’s baby from 1980. My daughter’s birthday serves as a happy distraction and focus away from my internal ill at ease.
I’m not unhappy at all. There’s just a little ‘cloud’ following me at the moment. All people, like myself, have different personal ‘maps’ of all different shapes. Not everyone takes a leap as I need to do.

Anyway, I hope you find this interesting. There are many dozens of types of Synesthesia. Some really are troubling to those who experience them. Synesthesia has only been studied for about 40 or 50 years. It’s a fascinating phenomenon!

I grabbed a short video from YouTube to show you a young lady describing her Synesthesia. I do not have the Grapheme (color) type but do have Time/Space Synesthesia. Our ‘maps’ are quite personal, but you’ll get the idea how dynamic it is to we who have it. Mine are not circular and look more like concrete steps for days or months of the year. My numbers and decades are on ribbons that have a constant shape and direction.

If anyone of you can identify, let me know!
I also grabbed a link to an article on the topic and posted it below.

Happy New Year everyone. I’ll be ‘leaping’ there to be with you. LOL


I love a well told story. If it makes me laugh, all the better.

17 thoughts on “SoCS- 12/31/22- Leaping into the New Year

  1. I “see” numbers up to a thousand in lines and grids, and I find that oddly comforting. I also “see” the calendar year from top to bottom, though it doesn’t affect my mood. Or at least I’m not aware of that! Fascinating post 🥳

    1. Thanks, Paula. I do not wear a watch specifically because if I get involved in an activity, I’m released from my position in time and space. I feel as though I’m floating. it’s cool and I have never felt it was a disability. My memory is quite sharp too.

  2. Is There a Boat to Steer? (a Tanka)

    The new year draws near
    Heavy clouds are yet to clear
    From our atmosphere
    Will there be a boat to steer?
    Toward life’s unmapped frontier

    1. Well that is such an interesting post . I have hear of Synesthesia but not Spatial Sequence Synesthesia. l actually read a book about a young girl who had colour and smell Synesthesia. It was fiction and the name escapes me but it was really interesting and I looked it up after that!
      Well I hope you have a very happy 2023 be safe, well and happy.

  3. I’ve heard of synesthesia, mostly as far as seeing colors when you hear musical notes, but I think there’s a lot more to it. I’ll spend more time reading up on it. I don’t think I have it, but ya never know…

    Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you, John. It’s a topic I have yet to explore a lot. It’s such a part of me, and so foreign to others, that I usually just live with it. This time of year, it stands out. Happy New Year!

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