Sparked by a quiz I saw on the internet, I started thinking about my synaesthesia again. I don’t think about it a lot actually – it’s part of me, so I don’t find it strange or weird like outsiders always seem to think that it must be.
Anyhow, yes: I have synaesthesia. No, unfortunately not the cool kind where you associate or “see” a colour when you think of a letter or number, to put it simply. No, I have spatial orientation synaesthesia, which means I always see the months of the year and the days of the week arranged in the same 3D pattern around my personal space. It always feels as though I can reach out and almost touch them, but they are too ghostly for that.
And then, linked to that, I have grapheme –> colour synaesthesia, but only slightly, as I only have it for certain numbers, and not for all of them. Anyway, I won’t bore you with a description of where I perceive the month July… so I drew some cartoons – about synaesthesia… Trying to depict my experience on a computer screen… I think I failed!
This is a depiction of how you can begin to feel with your senses crossing over, and stimulating you from all angles. (Yes, I had fun with the colours!)
This is what the number “84” looks like in my head (I’ve always loved getting an 84% on an assignment or exam paper, because I see it as such a lovely bright red number and it sparkles!):
And this is what “66” looks like to me. It is always bright yellow, and it looks as though the sixes are jiggling up and down!
Anyway, I hope this wasn’t a “too-psycho”-post! (I’m not quite mad – synaesthesia is relatively harmless!)