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

d’Verse Poetics-August- A Place on a Map

For today’s Poetics, I want you all to write a poem about August. Feel it in your bones. Come tell us what the month means to you. You can write about it in terms of weather and mood, write inspired by the examples shared above or opt to compose a darker, more philosophical piece. The choice is yours!

There you are, August,
One step below the ‘top’.
Stretched longest on my ‘map’
Born from a child’s viewpoint.

Lazily I’ll climb toward September along your pathway.

[ I was 60 years old before I found my answer to a lifelong question. “Doesn’t everybody visualize months of the year in a 3D realm?” After years of blank dumbfounded responses to my statements about “seeing” numbers, days of the week, and months of the year, in three dimensions, I found out that I have Spatial Sequence Synesthesia! Those with this viewpoint have uniquely individual “mental maps” of all kinds of sequences. It’s a fascinating gift/defect caused by overlapping senses. Children are born with overlapping senses but supposedly outgrow them. Not everyone! Synesthesia takes MANY forms. I encourage everyone to look it up.
As for my poem, the mention of any month draws an immediate visual personal response. I’ve attached a link to my former post on the topic.]