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My friend is an OT and she was telling me not long ago that some of the kids she works with have told her that their parents have an emergency plan in place for a zombie apocalypse. I laughed it off at first, but she insisted that they were very serious. So, I got to thinking – are there things that seem crazy to some of us, but not so crazy to others? Well, yeah.
So, do I believe in the supernatural? Any of it? Honestly, I guess I have to respond with a resounding maybe.
First of all, I’m not a “have to see it to believe it” kind of person. At least not anymore. Let’s go with the big, obvious (at least to me) example – God. I believe in God. I’ve never seen him or talked to him on the phone, but I could give you a thousand examples of ways he’s shown himself to me (and other people) over the years. I used to be an atheist when I was a teenager – I was pretty sure that God was just something made up – but then he kept showing up, and my logical mind had to concede that there were too many coincidences piling up to be coincidences anymore. I became a believer.
Well, couldn’t that same principle be applied to people who sincerely believe in the supernatural? There are plenty of people out there who will insist that they’ve seen solid evidence of all sorts of things – ghosts, witchcraft, Sasquatch, psychics, aliens, maybe even vampires and werewolves. (I don’t think anyone’s claimed to have seen actual zombies, but people seem to think that there could be a virus that would turn us into flesh-eating monsters – I don’t quite follow, but who am I to judge?). I had two acquaintences in college – yes, TWO – who claimed to be supernatural beings. One who told me one night that she was a shapeshifter and one who told my best friend that he was a vampire. In all seriousness. Were they crazy? Probably not (my guess is just that they really felt the need to get some extra attention – I also had a friend who told mutual friends at one point that she was a famous singer who had a huge radio hit and was in college incognito – yeah, that wasn’t true). But then I think about all of the paranormal books I read – when someone first finds out about the supernatural, they never believe, right? So, who’s to say something weird doesn’t exist out there that most people have never seen? Something hidden?
When I was a kid, I saw a ghost. I mean, I’m pretty darn sure I saw a ghost – or a spirit, or something. I was laying in bed and something walked straight through the door. It had the form of a human, but it was more like a glowing aura of light with no facial features or anything. I was terrified. Frozen in bed, I watched it walk into the room, and walk behind my bed (behind my back). At that point the idea that this thing was behind me where I couldn’t see what it was doing overcame my paralysis, and I jumped out of bed and ran into the kitchen to tell my mom about what I’d seen. Of course, she said that it was just a dream. And maybe it was. But I have no recollection of waking up – I would swear that I was already awake when it walked in. But I was a kid – the mind does strange things, so who knows. Still, that experience has always made me a bit more open to the idea that maybe ghosts aren’t so crazy after all. I’ve had a few other smaller unexplainable circumstances that gave me pause, but nothing else major that I can definitely point to. In fact, while I was writing this post in my head (in the shower – for more on how I write posts in my head at the most inopportune times, read my Why I Wish I Could Blog in Bed post!) and thinking about how I don’t really believe in most of this stuff, my phone mysteriously fell to the bathroom floor, making quite a stupendous crash – coincidence? You be the judge.
So, I don’t know. Maybe some of that stuff could be real. I’m pretty skeptical about most of it, but I can’t be positive. And there’s something kind of fun about that – not believing, but not being really sure that I don’t believe.
How about you? Do you believe in the supernatural? Have you ever actually experienced something that made you believe? Seen a ghost? Or anything else supernatural? I want to know!