Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Mist

o⋅ver⋅stim⋅u⋅late –verb
1. to stimulate to an excessive degree
2. to expose to excessive stimulation

I don’t know if anyone else experiences the same phenomena, but whenever I am in a new place for the first time I find it hard to take in my surroundings. It seems my vision can only concentrate on one particular thing at a time. I have a centre focal point and everything surrounding is shrouded in a mist. It is as if my brain cannot comprehend this new environment and goes into overload. The side effect usually is that when I return to a place it seems much smaller than I originally thought.

Last night I attended a concert as part of BC Scene here in Capital City. I ‘won’ two tickets from my favourite radio station CBC Radio3, and although my attention was focused on both Dan Mangan and Danny Michel who are amazing artists, I had to blink away the mist that kept crowding my vision. Regardless of my encroaching mist problem the concert, held at the First Baptist Church, was simply amazing, hard bench pews and all.

If you would like to listen to the concert, which was recorded live, it should be available at CBC’s Concert on Demand. You can also see some live videos and read a better review of the concert from Emily Chen.

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Morgan said...

I get that sometimes, but usually it's a sign of a migraine stalking me. Do you see fewer details? Or maybe 'perceive' fewer details is the better description?

The worst is when you walk down the aisles of a dollar store. Something about too much stimulation and fluorescent lighting does it.

Chasing Distractions said...

Hi Morgan,

Thanks for the comment - I myself have never suffered from a migraine - thankfully. For me, I think it is a case of perceiving fewer details. It's a very weird sensation... or maybe I just have cataracts.