Yesterday something strange happened. As I’m sitting at a red light, returning to work after my dinner break, I saw what I thought was a van (or SUV) continue to drive through traffic, while at the same time, cars were turning left from the opposite direction. My body tensed, anticipating a violent collision, a mass of mangled vehicles all twisted together in the middle of the road. I waited in anxious anticipation, holding my breath. When I couldn’t hold it any longer, I gasped, certain that I was about to witness a tragic event. To my shock and surprise, it didn’t happen. It didn’t happen because there was no van (or SUV). It was a wild hallucination. I actually saw the vehicle slip past oncoming traffic (or so I believed), but in the next moment, it was gone. Nothing like that has ever happened to me before, and it freaked me out, especially since I was still driving. At that point, I no longer trusted my eyes, and got back to work as soon as I could. And no, alcohol was not involved.
I would blame it on fatigue or sleep deprivation, but I’m always fatigued; that’s normal for me. Have you ever experienced anything like that before? If so, what do you think caused it? Feel free to share your thoughts.