According to Wikipedia, “Foreshadowing is a literary device in which a writer gives an advance hint of what is to come later in the story. Foreshadowing often appears at the beginning of a story, or a chapter, and it helps the reader develop expectations about the upcoming events.”
Of course, art imitates life, and life imitates art. Sometimes those hints of what to expect can hit even in the cold light of reality, not just in a constructed story.
Here are fifteen real examples from the people of Reddit.
1. “Two random colors.”
Back in high school my friend and I were making paracord bracelets. He made one with our high-school colors and I wanted to do the same.
We didn’t have enough for both of us so I just used two random colors instead.
I found out a few months later that I was moving. The colors I used to make my bracelet happened to be my new school colors
2. “Dreams are dreams.”
My mom has weird dreams sometimes. One day she reminded me that “Just because the car in front of you is moving forward doesn’t mean that the light is green. Pay attention to your surroundings.”
This was super weird and random to me but whatever, dreams are dreams.
A couple days later though I was at a red light and the cars in front of me shifted forward so I did too (so there wouldn’t be a massive gap between me and the car in front of me). Next thing you know the car behind me decided to hit my car. It turns out they weren’t paying attention and assumed the light was green because I was moving forward (they were on their phone, smh).
3. “It was a sign.”
A couple of years after I got married I noticed a lot of things to do with our wedding had closed. The shop where I got my dress and the cake shop went first, then the photographer just disappeared and lastly the venue shut!
I used to joke with my husband that it was a sign.
3 years ago he left me after starting an affair so…..
4. “Your guy just picks up on cues.”
About a year and a half ago I started dating this girl in my dorm. We had such an immediate connection it was crazy, although there was another guy on the dorm that I could tell was also into her. I remember sometime in the first few days thinking to myself that somehow that guy is going to lead to the demise of the relationship in the future. Not sure why it popped into my head, as I was friends with him at the time.
Anyways, a couple months ago we broke up because she had been lying about talking and hanging out with him for the entire duration of our relationship.
She didn’t physically cheat to my knowledge, but it really killed the trust. Sometimes your gut just picks up on cues that don’t quite make sense yet, but they almost always fit into the puzzle later on.
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5. “Go with the flow.”
I once stayed with a family for a few days during a school trip abroad.
The family seemed very serious and strict, I on the other hand was always a “go with the flow” relaxed kinda guy.
They had 2 daughters and I remember distinctly thinking: man I never want to have a family like that or be with a girl like the older sister, it would just destroy me on the inside.
9 years later and I’m happily married with the older daughter and on good terms with the family who loves me.
Turns out the sister was a softie on the inside and so is the rest of her family.
6. “Needless to say…”
Back in the early days of high school I found myself in my first “real” relationship. I had all sorts of paranoia and abandonment issues concerning the relationship (mostly stemming from my parents’ messy separation) so I would often have vivid dreams about her and I. One such occasion, I had a dream where she broke up with me at school, saying plainly “you’re a great person, but not the one for me.”
Needless to say, she broke up with me the following day while at school. It really messed with me thinking about how my subconscious brain was apparently prepared for something to happen without conscious me picking up on the subtle clues.
Dreams are crazy!
7. “This is a precursor.”
When my mother in law broke her leg last Thanksgiving, I was in charge of contacting everyone and I told my husband “This is a precursor to when one of your parents die” and we sighed/laughed. …
3 months later I was in charge of contacting everyone as my father in law was put into hospice and then passed away last month.
8. “I just jinxed it.”
Back in mid-2019 I told my friends not to get their hopes up for 2020.
When they asked why I commented that it’s been a few years since something like SARS, Ebola, or West Nile happened.
I honestly think I just jinxed it, but 2020 came and my friend called me and was like, “How the f*ck? You were actually right about something.”
9. “I never listen.”
Every single time I set an item down (like AirPods for example) in and odd place and I think to myself “I shouldn’t leave that there; I’m going to forget where it is / forget to take it with me / the cat will knock it over.”
I never listen to that little voice and it is correct every time.
10. “It felt like grief.”
One night I had a dream about my old childhood friend and her father dying. This father had health problems since the day I knew him – for example, he lost his leg due to a blood clot.
This family was also like a second family to me, so I was really close to her parents.
However, I hadn’t seen this girl since I was 11 years old (at the time I was 26) I friended her on FB a while back but had deactivated my account over two years ago at that point (didn’t delete it because I still used messenger) The last thing I remember from her was a post saying her dad was in a bad way and they started a go fund me. His bad health didn’t surprise me considering how he had always been, but I donated to the gofundme me and deactivated my FB account.
Had the dream. Woke up. Went about my day. Remembered the dream later on the next day, out of the blue while I was blow-drying my hair. And it hit HARD. I just put my blow dryer down and sorta sat there for a moment, with this horrible heavy feeling in my chest. It felt like grief. Horrible, terrible, REAL grief.
I immediately grabbed my phone and reactivate my FB account. I had to see what was going on with her and the family. Surely if something had happened, she’d make a FB post.
First post was the event page for her father’s memorial.
He passed twenty four hours ago. The day I had the dream.
Still the strangest thing to ever happen to me.
11. “We didn’t say a word.”
Years ago on my 23rd birthday my best friend and I went to a Mexican restaurant that was having a live rap/poetry contest. In order to get in you had to be checked by security
Yes this place was ghetto but we felt safe or so we thought. We were sitting at a booth for a good hour and my best friend had to use the bathroom.
As were touching up our makeup, taking selfies with other people in the bathroom. My best friend from the stall declares that she needs a tampon. Well the tampon was in my car. So we walk out of the restaurant and go searching for a tampon for her. We’re both searching through the car when we hear pop pop pop coming from the restaurant.
We both look at each other and look back again at the restaurant to see people running out. We didn’t say a word and just jumped in the car to get away.
As we pull out to the street we see police cars speeding to get to our destination. Now anytime someone says they need something from the car. I always leave the building to go with them.
12. “I didn’t think anything was wrong.”
Before I was diagnosed with T1 diabetes my friends noticed that i was skinnier than normal, which didn’t make sense.
I was incredibly hungry all the time, ate more than I ever had in my life, and I was exhausted without reason.
My vision deteriorated a year before I was diagnosed and I remember often feeling dizzy and tired after eating large meals almost a year before I was diagnosed.
I remember my friend telling me to go to a doctor, but I said I was fine and I had no family history of diabetes so I didn’t think anything was wrong.
I basically had all the symptoms, but didn’t realize that there was a problem.
I honestly thought that since I was eating so much maybe I had developed T2 diabetes even though I wasn’t more than 120lbs soaking wet when I was diagnosed.
T1 diabetes sucks.
13. “That seems like a bad omen.”
I broke a mirror the first day I moved into my current apartment.
I’m not usually superstitious, but I recall thinking “Well that seems like a bad omen.”
I’ve lived here for almost four years now and every single downstairs neighbor I’ve had has been super loud and disrupted my sleep and mental health. Including one who would scream at his girlfriend all the time.
Trying to move elsewhere this summer if I can afford it.
14. “It happens quite often.”
Early on in my career, I met a very modest and respectable older engineer. He took a liking to me for some reason and taught me a lot. In fact, sometimes he would give me some his own designs and tell me to run with it and that he didn’t want credit (I always gave him credit though).
One day he explained a bit of the company history. He used to run that business, but another company bought them and kicked him out of his office. He had the choice to return to engineering, or to leave. The thought of such a thing just blew my mind.
…then the exact same thing happened to me 11 years later. Exact.
Apparently it happens quite often with mergers, takeovers, investment firm buyouts… It’s a shame. One minute you feel like you are standing on a total solid foundation, and in a matter of days it is just crumbled to dust.
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15. “She did.”
In High School a girl told me F*ck you.
Three years after graduation, she did.
I had one of these the other day. I woke up and immediately thought “today’s gonna suck.” And then it did! I think I may have a gift.
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