Gut Feel

Ever since I could remember, I’ve always trusted my intuition, not because I’m superstitious, but because I have proven time and time again that it actually saved me from scenarios that I wouldn’t want myself to get caught in.

Sometimes when I meet a person, I just get a gut feel about the person. I remember this one time when I was in college and my then-boyfriend introduced me to his new friend. I immediately had that weird feeling in my gut that he couldn’t be trusted. He gave me the heeby jeebies. I kept looking over at him to look for the thing that unsettles me but I couldn’t quite put a finger on it. Told my ex that I didn’t like him because I had this weird feeling about him but he just shrugged it off, saying it’s just a feeling, it doesn’t mean anything. I shrugged it off as well, at the end of the day it’s his friend, not mine. And besides, every one in the group liked him. What do I know, right?

Then after a few months he told me about how everyone in his group started to grow wary of him, how they eventually didn’t trust him and ended up hating him. He got involved in money matters where some of this friends got swindled when they investigated the matter.

“Told you I didn’t like him”, I said. He just smiled and shrugged. That was the end of it, I didn’t have to rub it in his face now, did I?

And then just this year, when I was on my way to NAIA for my birthday trip to Singapore, I was waiting at the P2P Bus Stop at SM Clark. I was sitting there browsing through my newsfeed when this woman came and sat beside me. I glanced over at her and my spider senses went haywire like “Alert! Alert! Stranger Danger! Stranger Danger!” But I didn’t do anything. I didn’t want to be judgmental towards others so I stayed put and went on browsing through my newsfeed. But the feeling of unease was still there so I looked over at her again to my right and she smiled a small subtle smile, so subtle that if you weren’t paying any attention, you wouldn’t get to see it.

Immediately when I saw that I was like “Nope!” and I gathered all my things, stood up and went behind the chairs where I can keep an eye on her. And wouldn’t you know it, she turned to look at me with an evil eye. And in my mind I was like “I don’t care if you get offended, you give me the heeby jeebies.”

Later that night when I arrived in NAIA (I was about to catch a red-eye flight to Changi), I was browsing through my newsfeed again (There’s just too much waiting time when you are traveling, me thinks), when lo and behold, the crazy lady that I just saw that afternoon was all over my newsfeed because she’s someone who’s going to try and rob you (and hurt you if you didn’t oblige) and then pretend she’s crazy when the authorities come. It has always been her MO ever since. If I didn’t stand and walk away from her the moment I did, who knows what might have happened. She could’ve pulled my hair or gave me a shiner just like what she did with her other victims. I would’ve been hauled into the precinct with her while we do the necessary but time-consuming process of filing a complaint or blotter or whatever and I would’ve missed my flight. And my Birthday trip would’ve been ruined thanks to that crazy woman.

I don’t know if you have them too from time to time, but if you do. Trust your gut. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

 

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