There is probably some vague psychological term for the condition of connecting particular feelings with certain numbers. Well, a term other than “OCD” or “batshit crazy.” Whatever it is, I have it. Most odd numbers just don’t feel right to me, and I feel more at peace with even numbers. Call me crazy, but I think this has a lot to do with why I feel degree of levity about 2014’s outlook.
In 2012, I was already looking forward to 2014. I could have slept through 2013 if it had been possible. In a way, I think I tried to do exactly that.
2013 was just all wrong. I don’t consider myself to be triscaidekaphobic; the number 13 “feels” janky and angular, but it doesn’t creep me out. However, the repetitive nature of having to look at that number all year long just felt oppressive. I had the foreboding feeling that 2013 was going to be a crapatastic year, and it was. I know that last year’s bad luck had nothing to do with the number; midway through 2012, I could see The Great Crap Express barreling toward us like a runaway freight train. Still, the collision of bad times and a bad number didn’t do 13 any favors.
2014, on the other hand, feels right. It feels good and whole. I’ll be 36 in February. 35 feels almost as wrong as 13, and having both together in the same year felt funky. 3 is an off number, and 5 feels only slightly less crooked. 3 feels okay when it’s paired with a 6 because there is the even divisibility to give you 2, and that is the most balanced number of all. 36 is smooth. 35 has pointy and uncomfortable corners.
1 and 2 are the strongest numbers of all the numbers, but 1 is sharp and 2 is smoother; therefore, 2 has a better feel than 1. The 4 gives the 1 in 2014 a roundness, so 2014 as a number feels simple and unencumbered by angles and snags. It feels simple. Clean. Uncomplicated.
I need that.
Is this a type of synesthesia, which is when a stimulus in one sense causes a reaction in another (example: hearing certain sounds causes one to see certain colors)?
Do you have any synesthesias? I also “feel” letters and words; different ones have different shapes and varying degrees of sharpness vs. roundness. Letters, words, and numbers also have different vertical positions; some are high and some are low. Some words have colors and others have different textures (rough vs. smooth).
It can’t just be me.
What, if any, odd sensations do you get from intangibles like numbers, words, sounds, and colors?