Psychics haven't cornered the market on predictions. "Normal" people have premonitions, too, and sometimes the crystal balls in their minds are eerily correct.
A sense of foreboding about the future can come to someone as a feeling, a troubling thought, a gut instinct, a dream, or just an overall uneasiness. And according to people who shared their stories on Reddit, that sense, vision, or premonition sometimes turns to reality.
Redditors shared their tales of somehow anticipating terrible incidents in their own lives or the lives of others. They envisioned or anticipated pain, suffering, transportation and school incidents, job loss, damaging weather, and in the most uncanny cases, people's final days...
From Redditor /u/The_Height_of_Folly:
I was once at my cousin's house watching TV in his room. I was by myself and suddenly felt the urge to stand up and look behind me. As I turned my head, I saw his entire window falling down into the room. I ran out of there and immediately went downstairs.
Another window in a different room also fell out that day. Not sure what was going on in that house.
The 2005 Japanese Tsunami
From Redditor /u/anthym29:
I don't know if this counts, but a few years ago, I had this dream that I was in an airport and kept trying to get to Japan. Either all the flights were booked or canceled or something, but regardless, I was struggling really hard and talking to a bunch of different customer service reps trying to get a flight to Japan...
When I woke up, I thought that was a strange dream. Why Japan? I never think about Japan, ever.
That morning, when I read the news at work, the earthquake/tsunami was the headline...
Loved Ones' Misfortunes
From Redditor /u/jaysjami:
I've had several serious premonitions come true. About six years ago, I had a premonition my ex was going to be in a bad car accident. I even warned him and told him to be extra careful. He totaled our car that week.
Five years ago, I got a sudden one that my father-in-law had [perished]. Checked on him the next day and he was [gone]... I didn't want it to be true but it was. The night of the premonition, I dreamed about how finding him would play out, and it was almost exactly accurate. The day of his [service], I had another premonition, and that one came true, too. I also knew he had cancer long before he ever announced it, and I knew when it came back before he told us...
A Friend In Danger At School
From Redditor /u/burke_no_sleeps:
When I was in high school, I was a habitual oversleeper... and very rarely awoke with my alarm.
My best friend moved away. We stayed in touch, talking almost daily, but I still missed her very much. After a weekend of no communication from her, I woke up just before 6 am with a terrible feeling that something had happened to her.
I ran upstairs and called her, all the while trying to rationalize my fears away. I knew it was a ridiculous time to call but I felt I HAD to.
Her mom answered the phone, and soon my friend was on the line.
"Is everything okay?" I asked.
"Yeah," she said, puzzled. "I was just sitting down to breakfast. Why?"
I felt relieved, deflated, confused, and embarrassed. "Nothing, I just had this weird feeling."
We made small talk for a few minutes, and I hung up. I took my time getting ready for school, as usual, and was still home when she called back at 8:30. A kid at her school had opened fire in the courtyard while students were hurrying to get in before the bell, [harming] six students.
If I hadn't called, she would have been on time, most likely in the courtyard when the [incident] started.