First of all, Hellloooo *beauty queen waving all around*. I'll explain my absence in much the way that CA Cop Wife explained hers so eloquently here give or take a few experiences, adding a couple of near-death flu bugs, a couple of mosquito swarms, minus the sand castles, or anything else done at the beach since we don't have one, and there you have it. Our summer vacay!
So. Back to the title of this post: Spidey Sense.
There have been plenty of times that when HF is telling me a work story, he will say something like, "...and I had this strong feeling that I should approach the vehicle on the opposite side". I've been thinking about that. What is it that makes him have this feeling? For us, religiously, we believe in the existence of The Holy Ghost. We believe that people can have promptings from God through the Holy Ghost to do things. I think this concept goes by many different names for many different people. We explain it as a spiritual experience, while others in law enforcement specifically, may define it other ways such as:
- A gut feeling
- An instinct
- Spidey Sense
- A 6th Sense
- A hunch
- A guardian angel
- An electrical current
- A patron saint guiding you
- An idea
- Experience that comes with time on the job
So what do you call that feeling? What experiences have you had with it? Is it a religious thing for you or not so much? Is it animal instinct or physiological; something ingrained inside all of us that is part of the human experience?
Thoughts? Remember this is not about debating religion or philosophy. I'm just curious how other officers experience and explain this sensation that all cops seem to get. There are no right or wrong answers here. Aaaand I'm also aware that it's not just cops that get these feelings. I think I covered all my bases.