My first Christmas tree
According to an article I just read on two percent of people walking on this earth being time lords, those who see time in a spatial construct are that two percent who are considered time lords. Lol, guess what…That’s me. Thanks, spatial sequence synesthesia. I didn’t know you existed 2 weeks ago, and now I’m a time lord.
The only actual color I’m wearing today is my birthstone, and it’s in my earrings. I’m so subtle.
I text my mom at 1am on my 21st birthday to let her know I had a beer and remind her this means she’s old. I’m a good daughter.
Purple: 10 facts about my room
Blue: 9 facts about my family
Green: 8 facts about appearance
Yellow: 7 facts about my childhood
Orange: 6 facts about my home town
Red: 5 facts about my best friend
Pink: 4 facts about my parents
White: 3 facts about my personality
Grey: 2 facts about my favorite things
Black: 1 fact about the person I like
By the logic in this blog, I’ve been a woman literally all my life that I can remember.
For as long as I can remember (that’s going to be punny in a minute), I’ve seen time, calendars, and basically anything having to do with numbers, in space. All of these things show up in my mind as if they’re a physical, tangible object, almost like a game board, that I can mentally zoom in on and walk on. The layout never changes, no matter how many years go by. Everything simply layers up. It’s always been the most impossible thing to explain verbally, and I was only able to get through to my friends when I drew how I see numbers. I always figured it was just a different way for me to think…something outside the box, attributing it to my relatively creative nature. In the past few years, however, it had really been making me think. The more I tried to explain it to people, and the more bizarre they told me it was, the more I wondered if there might be something on the neurological level that makes me think this way.
Today a friend sent me a text saying she had just heard somebody describe almost exactly what I described when asked how they see time. She told me it’s called synesthesia, and it quickly got me interested. Hearing that there is an actual name for how my mind works got me unbelievably excited, and so I went to Google. I found that there are several types of synesthesia that have been studied. The specific type that I match is called Spatial Sequence Synesthesia. It is, in fact, a neurological condition that is considered rare, only being possessed by about 1 in every 2000 people. The articles I read on the condition described what I’ve been trying to describe for years perfectly. They also stated that those with SSS tend to have superior memories, being able to recall things easily because of an “automatic” mnemonic device. This explains why I am able to remember a lot of random things quite easily, from dates to the order things are written on a page, things that others have more difficulty remembering.
For years now I’ve been so unsure about this huge aspect of my life, and now that I have an answer for what it is I feel physically different. Learning that you are something you didn’t know existed is a truly life-changing experience.