Once something has been seen, it can’t be unseen, however much we might wish to erase it.
Part of the reason I don’t watch many scary movies is that the images haunt my dreams. I can still remember some of the shock I felt seeing the original theatrical release of “Jaws” as a young teen and the way it haunted my dreams.
Some of the most haunting things I have seen have been family medical things. A look of terror in the eyes during an intensive care disorientation episode. A bad reaction to a medication that caused uncontrollable jaw clenching with resultant biting of cheeks. A child suffering tremors. Seeing bones through skin when most of the flesh and muscle have wasted away.
Even years later, these memories make me shudder. Even so, I can’t wish that I had not seen them, only that they had not existed to be seen.
This post is part of Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturdays. This week’s prompt is scene/seen. Join us! http://lindaghill.com/2015/01/30/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-january-3115/
May as well finish up just Jot It January, too! http://lindaghill.com/2015/01/01/just-jot-it-january-pingback-post-and-rules/
7 thoughts on “SoCS: What is seen can’t be unseen”
Oh goodness but I so remember sitting in a theatre and watching Jaws and all but jumping out of my seat when the shark came out of the water and up onto the boat.
I did think your concluding sentence says a lot about what we see in life and wish we didn’t have to see.
It is amazing how the Jaws memory persists even decades later! Thanks for reading and commenting. Yes, it is those things we wish we didn’t have to see…
Gore, horror, eerie scenes… God! I get nightmares of Samara coming out of the well. I see these movies hiding behind people but end up wishing I had gone with my wise judgement of watching Finding Nemo instead.
I vote for Nemo, too! I usually avoid violent movies, especially those that are designed to just be scary and gory rather than depicting historical events.
Exactly why I don’t like horror movies!! (I’ve only seen Jaws on the small screen, and only once; and I’ll still never watch it again!)
Glad to hear I’m not alone on Jaws! I can’t even imagine the movies that are designed as horror movies to show are much gore as possible.
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Me either! And I definitely won’t be finding out – ever!
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