I’ve been dabbling in those “blog a day” type lists lately, and I really liked this particular prompt. If you were to lose one sense but become super sensitive in another one, which would you choose, and why?
I think I’d choose to lose the sense of sight, actually. Everything I love to do can be done mostly without sight – running (treadmill, hello), horseback riding (especially if you’re in a group), reading (audiobooks), writing (voice narration). The saddest thing would be not being able to see my son grow up.
The sense I’d like to enhance is considerably harder to determine. My gut is to go with hearing, to make up for the loss of sight, but I like loud music, and super sensitive hearing would be a bad combination with loud music. I often describe live concerts as my version of church, and if I had super sensitive hearing, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy myself.
That leaves taste, smell, and touch. Smell is out, because who wants super sensitive smell? I’d smell everything on everyone, and I have a big dog, so I don’t want her smelly self stinking up my sensitive nose.
Taste wouldn’t be bad, but it’s not very thrilling either. Maybe I could become a food critic.
I think that leaves me with touch as my super sense. It would make reading braille easier (since I’d be blind), and I’d get to enjoy touching my loved ones’ faces as they aged, to get a good “picture” of what they looked like at different times. I’m a sensory seeker, so that would be helpful, too. Plus, I could still enjoy my music, and maybe even really enjoy when my favorite singer crowd surfs, because my sense of touch would tell me so much about what he wore, etc.
What senses would you lose and enhance?