The first time it happened, I was 17. I was on my way to the mall, listening to the radio. As I approached 34th and University (in Gainesville), I heard an ad on the radio: “Free givaways at the Brasington Trail Shop at the corner of 34th and University!” I glanced over at the outdoor adventure store on the far corner of the intersection. I thought about going in, but I was already in the right lane turning right. As I hesitated, a voice in my head said: “If you go there, you will win.”
I didn’t normally have voices in my head telling me what to do, so this puzzled me. I really didn’t believe it. I decided to continue my journey to the Oaks Mall instead. But on the way back from the mall, I remembered the voice in my head. “If you go there, you will win.” Still struggling with this, I decided to go there. I wasn’t particularly busy that day, and it was on my way home. I wanted to test this voice in my head.
As I walked in, they handed me a raffle ticket. I walked to the back of the store to look at the kayaks and backpacks on the back wall. But by the time I got to the kayaks, they were announcing the winning number of that hour’s raffle. I stopped. I listened. They called my number!
I went back to the front of the store with my ticket, and they handed me some cheesy 10-cent piece of plastic junk. I really don’t remember what it was. Something very disappointing. I wanted it to be so much more! This was my moment of glory! A voice in my head had told me to go win a prize, and I did! I never won prizes. I never had voices in my head! I wanted a gold trophy or something, not a plastic piece of junk. But the experience remained. The victory for the voice in my head was no less bizarre, regardless of the prize. I had listened to the voice, and it had delivered on its promise. It was a big lesson learned.
Since then, I have not had voices in my head telling me what to do (very often). That rarely happens to me. But I do have many other strange experiences that have no logical explanation. I will write about them here. If you have had similar experiences, please let me know. Maybe I will add them to my story.
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