This word is much more than a word.
Sure, ALL words are much more than words, since we put meaning on them.
But THIS word.... is like a vast giant WORLD of meanings.
(Noun) (Origin: French)
A feeling of having already experienced the present situation.
Okay, so far it sounds simple, right?
But thing is - us who experienced Deja Vu in our lifetime (apparently it's 70% of us), know the odd feelings a deja vu brings along.
Having a Deja Vu, for me, feels like a glitch in the system, or a reboot of sorts. As if the puzzle of our brains gets suddenly changed around, and time has ceased to operate linearly like it normally does.
The feeling only lasts a few minutes, at most, and it fleets quickly. Much like when we wake up from a dream and it quickly disappears from our memory.
We often (or, always?) get confused when we experience a Deja Vu, and we think the mind is playing a trick on us. Seems to me like our minds are playing tricks on us all the time, actually.
For instance, TIME is one of those tricks; When everything is 'normal', with no Deja Vu sensation around - our minds think of time in a linear way. Yesterday, today and tomorrow. But when we tap into the 'glitch in the memory cells' that is a Deja Vu - time operates simultaneously.
The notion of a deja vu also make us question our memory.
DID that happen already? Or was it in my dream? Is this solely a coincidence? Can I trust my own mind?
Questioning all that may only lead to more questions instead of answers...
But it keeps our minds in shape and our memory cells re-setting themselves.
So as bizarre and surreal as a Deja Vu may feel like.... I welcome it!
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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