Help Me Figure This Phenomenon Out

My friends, I’m taking a brief pause from my usual poetry-ish writing to ask for some help solving a mystery, if you feel so inclined to chime in.

I would not be posting this if it weren’t sending my brain into mental gymnastics.

Every day, and by that I mean every. single. day. for the past three months, I glance at the clock at exactly 11:11am and 11:11pm. I check the clock more than that, but not compulsively enough to explain why 11:11 shows up twice daily. Hallucinations? Psychosis? Trust me, I worried about that too. So I did what most of us tend to do when something unusual keeps happening: I pretended like it was normal.

For the first month I sort of waved it off like it had always been happening, I just hadn’t noticed until then. Glance at the clock at 11:11am while I’m dashing to get to work? NBD. Must be connected to my brain’s innate circadian rhythm, I thought, feeling all science-y. Just happen to see 11:11pm as I’m brushing my teeth? My brain is primed like a freaking alarm to look at the clock right now, total coincidence, I’d tell myself.

Then the next month, things went from weird to extra wonky when I started to see 1:11am and 1:11pm too. I’m just looking at the clock WAAAAAY too much, apparently, I’d tell myself, this time scratching my head. So then I consciously did NOT look at the clock except when absolutely necessary (like waking up to the alarm in the morning, or to make sure I ended my therapy sessions on time).

But even when I mindfully veered away from glancing at the clock unless I HAD to, 11:11 and 1:11 still showed up during the few times I did check the clock.

It got to be kind of a hilarious joke for a bit, where I’d roll my eyes and chuckle derisively. Now it’s not funny anymore, it’s like a mystery from Scooby Doo that has gone on forever: someone just needs to pull off the mask already. Then we can have a good forced laugh about it so the episode can finally end.

My Google searching for answers about the mysterious 11:11 sightings ended abruptly when I read the caption beneath a title saying: “1111 means something significant is about to happen”. Then I sort of chickened out because I didn’t want to veer down the path of ominous thinking.

Have you ever experienced this?

And if you have, what did it mean for you?

Coincidence or not?

Clinically insane perhaps? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Published by Quietest Poet

Writer, mother, counselor, flower gardener, recipe seeker, and Netflix lover.

8 thoughts on “Help Me Figure This Phenomenon Out

  1. I don’t think it’s anything to worry about, although it’s unusual. Our minds and bodies have clocks. I also think fear can sometimes do things like that, similar to worrying. If you think you need to take some action on it, you could seek a counselor. They are very good at helping us see things about ourselves that we had not considered.

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    1. Thanks for chiming in! Yes, I agree it’s most likely that innate circadian rhythm and probably shows up more because my mind is hyper-aware and focused on it right now. I also agree about seeking a counselor – I have taken that step – but what makes it all the more humorous is that I am a counselor by profession and I can’t figure it out! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Such valid advice! A new set of eyes is always helpful. Thanks for your comments – I donโ€™t think Iโ€™ve ever directly shared that I am a counselor in my writing so no one would have known! Peace to you, my friend.

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  2. So…I’ve always thought of this exact thing as a possible derivative of something similar to the Mandela Effect. Not exactly, but in the way that you are more likely to remember or notice that you looked at a 4:56, or some other significant/mnemonically associated pattern, multiple times than that you looked four other times that were random and insignificant.

    Then, on the other hand I also think there are unlimited intuitive instincts that we can never decode๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. So true, our brains are truly remarkable in the ways they absorb information and what/where/how they assign meaning to things. Then the intuitive side says: “No! How dare you brain!” LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

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