Ha! I’m quite certain this particular phrase – Timeshift Shampoo – can be found exactly no where other than now here in this post. The experience was unique, as will this post be about it. Fun when things like this happen :)
So – I was in the shower the other day, washing my hair with a brand of shampoo that recently appeared on the market.
As I worked up the lather, it dawned on me that this shampoo was scented exactly like one I used in my youth. Lathering it into my hair triggered a most curious timeshift event.
I’m not referring to ‘waxing nostalgic’ about my days as a teenager, having been reminded by a particular odor. This experience wasn‘t about remembering.
Rather, my experience in that shower took on the extraordinary quality of actually being that young girl showering, experiencing the overall freshness of life itself all those years ago. The strong young body. The relatively simple nature of my existence in that timeframe – my life stretching out before me, brimming with infinite possibilities. The clear, unburdened atmosphere of my consciousness as I washed my (then) hip-length tresses with this product.
Life literally and spontaneously became very light as I stood in the cascade of water. The difference was visceral, as tho by some spell I had morphed into that girl, with those mental/emotional/physical attributes. And – crazy as it will sound to say – it truly felt as though I had somehow dissolved through time, taking the whole ‘shower experience’ with me.
This was very much a “Somewhere in Time” moment, which if you’ve seen that film, you might understand what I mean. It was a spontaneous shift into a simple, clear, relatively weightless moment in time, where the overall sense was one of anticipation – anticipating the adventures that this teenage girl had ahead of her. And also the monumental importance of having my ‘signature’ long flowing hair for those adventures! Hahaha, the significance of the hair in those days can’t be overstated. At the time I couldn’t imagine ever, ever cutting that hair.
Incidentally, the next time I used that shampoo I noticed nothing at all familiar or nostalgic about its scent; had no response to it whatsoever, nor have I since. Go figure…
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