I Have A Type of Synesthesia Where I Can Visualize Months, Weeks, And Numbers

I Have A Type of Synesthesia Where I Can Visualize Months, Weeks, And Numbers

There are so many different types of Synesthesia and I have one that associates time and space.


I have this type of synesthesia that allows me to see time, dates, and numbers all around my head. But it's not like a typical vision, where you just close your eyes and it's there. I can mentally 'walk' on the days of the week and the months of the year. There is a certain order where numbers, years, months, and days are aligned. It's like a mental map. Before you think I'm some kind of freak or delusional, this phenomenon is called Spatial Sequence Synesthesia, aka time-space synesthesia.

Basically, when I think of a particular month, I can physically see and feel as though I can 'walk on' the different months until I reach the destination. If I'm thinking of April, I will always visualize that month and where it fits into the rest of the calendar. The months of the year are an oval shape, and there's a gap where December and January are. In my mind, this gap symbolizes when a year ends. It's very similar for the days of the week; they have an oval shape except for this time since there's no gap between days. The weekend, Friday-Sunday, have a larger time slot than the normal days of the week because, in my mind, the weekend is longer and more enjoyable. Each year also has its own distinct shape. If I think of 2008, for example, I see an oval shape of all the months which completes the year. Each year of my life, from birth to now, can be seen in an oval shape.

It wasn't until my senior year of high school that I discovered that not every person has this type of synesthesia. I was sitting in the second period, genetics class, and we were watching an NBC documentary. It was a casual morning and the only reason I was interested in the film was when I heard the words: "Next up, we have people who can see numbers, days, and months." I jerked my head up and stared at my friends, asking if they have this too. I immediately felt like an outcast in the class; nobody else had experienced this visualization of the order of the months, weeks, and numbers. As you could imagine, I was internally freaking out because I had always measured time this way and didn't think that it was a unique trait. I quickly began my research and learned that it is carried genetically. I sent my parents an article about spatial sequence synesthesia and asked if they experienced something similar. They laughed it off and said no, and that's when I discovered that my older brother also experienced this.

There are different types of synesthesia, and after a late night convo and some prodding, I learned that my brother has so many different forms of it. The most common one is associating colors with numbers and letters. An example is that C will always be a pastel yellow color, or the number 4 is army green. Other forms of synesthesia are when you can taste certain words and even see what sounds look like. Sounds crazy, but these individuals may not even know that it's an unusual trait. It is estimated that 1 in 5 people have this type of synesthesia.

I've always had this since I can remember. When I was in elementary school, I would have to visualize the numbers, and where they fit into that order. I had to imagine where the numbers are perceived in a spiral order depending on how high they are. Meaning that one starts the bottom and the number 70 or 100 would be further away. While that is just my personal example, some people may not see the numbers in a spiral, it could be more round or oval shaped.

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It is always easier to pick out the negatives in life. We tend to dwell on them and drown out the happy moments. I asked a friend to tell me something that made them happy. They sarcastically laughed at my question then thought about it for a minute. Nothing. But they could easily come up with things that made them unhappy. Then I read them my list, and they were smiling and laughing in agreement the whole time. There are so many more things to be happy and laugh about than we realize. After all- it's the little things in life that can mean the most! Here are 50 things that make me happy. What are your 50?

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  3. Freshly washed sheets
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  5. The smell of a coffee shop
  6. Eating cookie dough
  7. Reading a bible verse that perfectly fits your current situation
  8. Seeing someone open a gift you got them
  9. Eating birthday cake
  10. A shower after a long day
  11. Marking something off your to-do list
  12. Drinking ice cold water on a really hot day
  13. Dressing up for no reason
  14. Breakfast food
  15. Being able to lay in bed in the morning
  16. Finding something you love at the store
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  18. Cute elderly couples
  19. When a stranger compliments you
  20. Getting butterflies in your stomach
  21. Taking a nap
  22. Cooking something delicious
  23. Being lost for words
  24. Receiving a birthday card in the mail
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  28. Waking up from a nightmare and realizing it wasn't real
  29. Fresh fruit
  30. Walking barefoot in the grass
  31. Singing along to a song in the car
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  33. Sunsets
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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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