Believing in the paranormal does not necessarily come easily, but just one instance could change any disbeliever’s mind. The universe thrives on chaos, and thus the inexplicable can always be possible. That being said, even with the proof available to us these days, it can be difficult to truly put faith in the unexplainable. But, many-a-believer can tell the exact moment they changed their tune, usually in response to an impossible occurrence that they were lucky, or unlucky, enough to witness firsthand.
These telling tales describe that exact moment, all via the folks at Reddit. Some people heard unusual noises, others witnessed things that weren't just a coincidence, and one even predicted the future. Either way, the horror stories here illustrate what it takes to go from one extreme to another when it comes to the supernatural.
A Cautious Disembodied Voice
I was driving in the mountains in the winter near Kananaskis Alberta, and I was going around a turn at about 100 km/h. I heard a soft voice in the back of my head whisper, "be careful," and for some reason I slowed down to about 50 km/h. Within about ten seconds, I came around a second corner and saw a couple huge elk on the road, and three-or-four cars that had stopped to take pictures.
I had to navigate slowly around the cars and the elk. Had I been going full speed, I think I would have hit one of those huge elk head on and been messed up a bit.
He Watched Them Sleep In The Basement
I grew up in a 125-year-old Victorian house. The stairs to the basement would occasionally make noises as if someone were walking upstairs. Things sometimes randomly fell off counters when no one and nothing were near them. I once saw a figure leaning in the doorway of my room, too.
All that was weird but not creepy enough to make me think, "Oh, ghosts. Of course!" It's an old house, it makes noise, I was a kid and probably saw my mom checking in on us, etc.
The one thing that did creep me out happened when I was in 8th grade and had a friend over for a sleepover: we were sleeping in cots set up in the basement, about five feet away from each other. The bedrooms were on the main floor, and my parents and brother were upstairs.
I woke up in the middle of the night to see a man standing over my friend, just looking at her. After about thirty seconds, he turned and, without a glance at me, opened the door to the bathroom (I saw then that the bathroom light was on, and very bright), walked in, then closed the door behind him. Thinking it was my brother, I shrugged it off and went back to sleep.
When I asked him the next day why he had come downstairs when we had a closer bathroom on the main floor, he told me he hadn't even woken up during the night. Creepy.
A Watery Save
When I was a kid I didn't know how to swim. One day I go with my family to a relatives party who's home featured a swimming pool. I got bored, went out back alone, and walked around the pool when I noticed a leaf floating near the edge. I knelt down on both knees and tried to go grab it but I lost my balance.
I grabbed the edge of the pool with both hands to try to steady myself but to no avail, I was completely falling forward, and my feet weren't touching ground anymore either. I remember my face getting mere inches from the water, but suddenly I was somehow forced back up. I decided to go back inside and join the party.
Spooky Cloud Outside A Cemetery
This was back in 1992 and I was a senior in high school. A friend of mine lived next to a cemetery with his grandparents and we were going back to his house to hangout for a bit. The road itself is small and there are only three houses on it. There is never any traffic and it is very easy to see any cars on it from a distance. The cemetery is about a foot from the road and has high bushes around it with two fence entrances facing the road.
Well, it was around 8pm and I had my headlights on. As I turned up his street, there was this weird green form, like a cloud or smoke, hovering about a foot off the ground. It was about three feet wide and just hovering in the middle of the road. I was sort of startled and then just drove through it. In my mind I was trying to think if I had seen a car or something pullout from his road, though I knew I hadn't. To even get on his road you have to go on a side street and there had been no cars there.
We go inside and I am not saying anything and after a minute my friend says to me "You can't tell me you did not see that thing in the road." I told him that I did not know what it was. His grandfather was there and told me that he used to be a grounds keeper for the cemetery and that he quit doing it because he saw things like it. To this day we joke about it and I think there has to be a simple explanation for it, but what I don't know.