I admit, I was a pretty weird kid when I was growing up. A parallel universe?! Must be all the horror movies I've watched! I used to imagine that there was a parallel universe that we don't know about - but they know about us. This parallel universe was dark and sinister - evil even. This was back in grade school. Now, I know better.
Usually, kids at that time had imaginary friends, were scared about monsters in their closets and some such thing but I wasn't. Sure, I was afraid of the dark, but that was because of my belief about the parallel universe thing. Oh the things I imagined! It's laughable when I think about it now but believe me, when I was a kid, it sure wasn't. I'm sure you'll find what I imagined in some of the movies these days - which, I think, makes my imagination really funny.
I imagined this parallel universe to be a “shadow universe.” These “shadow people” - your shadow self - would steal you away from the real world and they would take over your life. That is, if you look at your shadow for a long time. So whenever I space out (and I do a lot of spacing out!), I quickly look away and pray like crazy that the shadow people wouldn't take me away.
At night, it's a different story. I always thought that these shadow people would sneak into your room and slowly take you away. Hence, I sleep surrounded by a lot of pillows. I didn't have a night light, though, but I didn't want anybody to leave me while I was still awake. It seemed, to my little kid mind, that if I'm asleep, the shadow people wouldn't take me away. Hah! What a crazy imagination!
Of course, people grow up, and I've grown up. Based on what the experts have said: “It is just a phase that every child goes through.” I've read about it and I know that it's quite healthy for a child to have these imaginations. it becomes unhealthy, however, if it really bothers the child a lot and causes night terrors and insomnia. I never had one of those. Although, I can distinctly remember a time when I woke up in the middle of the night and saw two red eyes glowing by the foot of the bed. This scared the living daylights out of me but I couldn't tell anybody what I saw. So, I just covered my head with a blanket and prayed that the eyes would just go away. Well, I'm still here which means that the shadow people weren't successful at all! Hah!
Now, tell me your childhood imagination/s. Tell me, was it really as weird as mine?
Hmmm...at least I grew up just right - nothing seems to be wrong with me....I think......