Author: Nikita Suryawanshi
All throughout our lifetimes, we undergo numerous experiences which shape and define us. These different episodes in our lives are what make us distinct from others. They are what prove that our struggles and our stories are unique. However, there stands one experience that is common to all. All of us, irrespective of our backgrounds and our fights, face this incident, or more of a feeling. The feeling of déjà vu.
The term déjà vu is French and means, literally, “already seen.” Those who have experienced the feeling describe it as an overwhelming sense of familiarity with something that shouldn’t be familiar at all. You feel as if you have been through the same situation before, even though in reality, it has never happened in the past. This sense of familiarity can be so strong and disorienting sometimes that you may want to overlook the facts and believe this feeling.
A few years back, while scrolling through the internet, I came across an article in which the author was stating his belief regarding déjà vu. He believed that déjà vu is nothing but a flashback from our past life. Now you may have a doubt that if it is a moment in our past life, why do we experience it again in our present lives? To this, the writer said that he thinks that every birth in this universe has a higher goal. He believes that unless we achieve this goal, we are reborn over and over again. That is why experience this feeling of déjà vu.
This got me pondering that even though the thought of being stuck in an infinite loop is scary; maybe it is not so bad at all. How many times do we wish that we could go back in time and change something; how many times do we wish to change our decisions to make things better; how many times do we regret an action and pray for time to take it back. Maybe this is the universe’s way of giving us that chance to fix our mistakes.
The hope of getting an opportunity to live this life again, to start all over again and to make a difference for good is very gratifying. Perhaps it is a superstition, but the possibility of beginning afresh and amending all my mistakes makes me want to believe in the writer, in the theory that universe does shower us with hidden gifts.