This is why synesthesia fascinates me. I LOVE hearing from â€˜synniesâ€™ around the world, and I thought Iâ€™d share this with you. Read more comments following my blog post What Color is Your Alphabet. (Thereâ€™s also a synesthesia category on my sidebar with everything Iâ€™ve posted about syn if youâ€™re interested.)
Hereâ€™s a recent comment I got from a synesthete â€¦.
I have Synesthesia, I have for all my life as far as I can remember.
The first time I can remember being aware of it acutely, rather than subconsciously, was when I was in first grade or kindergarten trying to explain to a friend that 5 is maroon and flat, 50 is darker and deeper in the middle, like a shallow well or wading pool filled withâ€¦umm, red; 500 is ripply, and 5,000 is like n undulating wavy ocean made of blood-red velvetâ€“but 2 was gold-ish, 20 was like a yellow fuzzy hill, 200 was like a field, and so on (but not as eloquently, I was about 6 at the time). After a few minutes I gave up on it and dropped the subject.
Then about 10 years later I read â€˜A Mango Shaped Spaceâ€™ and I was completely floored.
I have â€˜associativeâ€™ Synesthesia â€” as Iâ€™m reading I donâ€™t see them in any different colors, but Iâ€™m aware in the back of my head what colors they are, the same way you know what an elephant is, for example-itâ€™s big, itâ€™s a mammal, it has a trunk, and its name is light green-blue.
Numbers and letters also have personalities.
They also have â€˜group dynamicsâ€™-for example, 8 and 4 donâ€™t work together well because then 3 will get jealous and 5 and 7 and 9 donâ€™t get along well at all. The letters seem to form cliques based on colors-J, K, H, and L are friends-J/K/H are all shades of pink. L is yellow but it likes to hang out with pinks because the other ones closer to its shade-Y and 7 and F-are all kind of elitist. Z and X are also pink, but theyâ€™re snobs who would rather do their thing than hang out with those losers farther up in the alphabet. Aâ€™s overly friendly and likes to hang out with b, C, and G, but Aâ€™s kind of clingy and her friends would rather be left alone.
I wish I had more spacial syn than I do-I know someone who sees concepts as little floating auras that change color and shape depending on what sheâ€™s going to do, and grow smaller or larger depending.
I only have time set up in a ring-like a floating belt about a foot from my waist, or a skirt. Whatever time it currently is is at about 11, if youâ€™re standing in the center of the clock and facing 12. Theyâ€™re in little bands, and every â€˜measureâ€™ of time, like an hour or a month, have the same length as all the others in itâ€™s group, but distinct colors. Theyâ€™re arranged in a band with seconds on top, then hours, days, weeks, months, and so on. Seconds are about a quarter inch thick and all of them are silver/blue, minutes are about an inch thick and turn darker and redder the farther they get from 6 AM, then hours all have tints and are about 3 inches thick, days are about a foot thick and colored distinctly, and years are about 4 inches and the color changes with the year but I only see 1 year at once. They tick like the second hand of a clock. Theyâ€™re not always there but when I think about the time itâ€™s always like that.
Isnâ€™t that a remarkable way to experience life? Are you synesthetic? Know anyone who is? Wish you were?