Out of Time and Place

Have you ever had a feeling of déjà vu and known it was something you can’t possibly have experienced in your own lifetime? I get this feeling often, a heartfelt pining for a time period I’ve never lived through and a place that I’ve never even visited.  Many of these feelings are tied directly to Ireland in the early 20th century and onward. I’ve never been to Ireland and although I’m not about to disclose my age, suffice it to say that while I may not be a spring chicken anymore I certainly wasn’t alive that long ago.  So where does this pull come from? I know that I have Irish ancestry so maybe it’s some sort of engrained memory in my genes; some attachment that’s been passed down from generation to generation, gently calling me back to the homeland.  Maybe the memories of a past life are bubbling subtly to the surface of my consciousness.

Since I can’t time travel or teleport, the best I can do to ease this unnerving feeling of living out of place and out of time is to read as much as possible about this beautiful and bewitching Ireland. History books, news articles, and authors specializing in the place and era. I read and read and read some more, stoking this connection and hoping to quell this unexplained feeling of homesickness….a strange yet compelling homesickness for a place I’ve never even been. The reading does help, but it doesn’t answer the burning question lying underneath the feelings. Are the ghosts of my past whispering to me or am I just a nutcase?

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4 thoughts on “Out of Time and Place

  1. Honestly, genealogy really helps me get that out of my system! I have been an amateur genealogist for almost 16 years and find the information, photos, legal documents such as Wills, Land Deeds, etc. so fascinating to read. It all started with trying to determine my Swedish roots, not having a personal connection to my father and his family was truly the impetus to find out more about their culture, and history. Happy I did, now I know where I get my love of horses! My Great Grandfather, Hugo Vingren Eriksson came to this country in the late 1800’s, and prior to his arrival to America was assigned as a Calvary Officer to protect the King and Queen of Sweden If you haven’t had a chance to research your roots, I suggest you start there. It is so much fun, and entertaining to read how our ancestors managed to get through such a tough life. What i have found so fascinating also is that I share so many similar traits with them, along with,similar dates of birth! It will certainly give you some of the answers you are seeking.

    • I think that is so cool that you were able to find out so much about your ancestry! I have started looking into mine which is how I learned about the Irish connection. But I need to do more. When I have time I’m going to do a complete search.

  2. I don’t know either, but I was also drawn to Ireland and went there in 2000. For me the most lasting thing that came out of that experience was an introduction to carriage driving. We took the “jaunting carts” in a tour around the Dingle Peninsula. Of course, those poor horses were worked very hard and that was a huge takeaway as well. But the carriage driving stuck, so in some respects it was one of the most transformative holidays I’d taken – my eyes were being opened about horse mistreatment and I left wanting to learn how to drive.

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