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It was an incredibly normal Sunday this past April. That Sunday, I woke up early (I always do) and was taking the dog for a walk. We came across a little vintage market that pops up the last weekend every month, so like usual, I decided to walk around and explore a little bit. This little market has everything from unique clothing, locally sourced produce, freshly made soaps, knitted blankets, and more. Although this was a very typical weekend for me, something incredibly atypical happened.
“Um, excuse me, I hate to bother you… But can I pet your dog?” this lady asked.
“Of course! He’s super friendly,” I answered.
After she and Tony (my dog) exchanged greetings, she told me she was a psychic and felt compelled to chat with me… Yes, really.
“I’m so sorry if this is weird, but when I’m out where there are lots of people around I usually get messages about those nearby,” she explained. She was probably in her mid-30s and was incredibly normal looking. She had clearly just come from the gym, had a bag of vegetables from the market, and was just running her normal errands. I would have never pegged her as someone who’d claim to have supernatural insights.
My first thought was that this is a scam. It’s shockingly common to be approached by a “psychic” that says you’re cursed, or that they NEED to tell you something in exchange for an absurd amount of money, so my guard was high. I was opening my mouth to say “no, thank you” when she immediately shot my suspicion down.
“I’m not looking for any money. I work a normal 9-5 job, and I don’t ever charge people if they want a reading. It’s a gift that I feel compelled to give people if they’re open to hearing the messages I’ve gotten about them.”
I was intrigued. So I thought, fuck it. Although skeptical, this stuff doesn’t happen every day, so why not listen to what she has to say?
“You’re going to be traveling a lot domestically this year. I only see one or two trips for work, but the majority of your travels are for friendships and family matters… But they’re not vacations. Are a lot of your friends getting married this year?”
At first, the skeptic in me thought “Well, I look my age and it’s about that time in my life where a bunch of people get hitched,” but I couldn’t deny the accuracy.
“Yeah, I actually have four people close to me getting married this year. All in different states.”
“It’ll be five soon,” she said with utmost confidence. “But it looks like their wedding will be in 2019, not this year. It’s a special one, too. Your mom will be excited.” At first, that confused me… I thought she was talking about me, but writing this now in October, I realize she was talking about my brother. He got engaged about a month ago, and they’re planning for an April 2019 wedding.
After this, she looked at me and said, “Who’s the boy?”
I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. At the time, I wasn’t even casually dating or even trying to meet anybody. I told her I wasn’t seeing anyone, nor had any indication about who she was referencing.
“If you haven’t met him yet, you will very soon – likely within a few days. This is the original reason why I wanted to talk to you. He’ll seem super nice. He’ll be cute and charismatic. But he’s going to disappoint you out of nowhere, so please don’t take him seriously. He doesn’t have your best interest at heart, and you’re going to feel incredibly discouraged at the end of this.”
Low and behold, my six-month hindsight in to this unsolicited psychic reading points that this was a guy that completely ghosted me after months of dating that I wrote about here on PGP. I couldn’t believe the accuracy. Like she predicted, I met that guy the very next week after she approached me at the vintage market, and he ended up being a total bummer.
“Someone in your immediate family is going to have medical problems around the end of summer, and it’ll seem very scary – but I promise everything will end up being fine.” This also came to be true. I won’t go into details out of respect for my mother’s privacy, but let’s just say this psychic was spot on. When I was home for (yet another) wedding in August, she mentioned scary things happening to her medically, but now everything looks to be on the upward swing.
“Congrats on whatever job change is happening in September, too,” she continued. I actually already knew about what she was referencing during the reading, as I had been promoted within my company but knew the transition wouldn’t happen until – you guessed it – September.
Suffice it to say, I’m pretty shocked at her accuracy looking back at everything. Without exposing myself, she detailed some things that only I know about myself, and it floored me.
There are a few things that haven’t come to fruition, and like the other parts of her reading, only time will tell if they actually happen. She mentioned I’d only get married once and that I’d have no more than two children. One girl, one boy. She also mentioned that I hadn’t met my long-term partner, but would within the next 10-12 months and that it’d take some effort but would be worth it. Obviously, I was intrigued, so I asked a bit more and she just said to watch for signs of severe weather, light bulbs flickering, and power-outages because that would be telling about when he’s entered my life.
After all of this, she apologized again for maybe coming off as weird but happened to get messages about my life in that moment. She said she wishes me the absolute best and was excited for what’s next for me. No business card. No phone number. No pitch for a “follow up” reading. Nothing. Actually, I don’t think I even got her name. It was just a (very abnormal) random act of kindness where she genuinely wanted to talk with me.
Do I think that everyone who claims to be a “psychic” actually is one? Not necessarily. I think a lot of places with neon palm-reading signs serve as a place to scam naive bystanders. It’s a common thought that psychics are con artists who split vulnerable people from their cash in exchange for poor acting and vague and mundane statements that can apply to anyone. But my chat with her that day definitely shattered my preconceived notions about what a “real” psychic might look like. It was an experience I won’t forget and absolutely humored me that- sure- maybe some that claim to be psychic are actually legitimate..
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