Very interesting article, got me thinking. Last year I got some kind of flu. What I immediately noticed, was that for the very first time, I completely lost my sense of taste. It was SO disconcerting. What if I never got it back? I could not imagine life without the enjoyment of eating. After I recovered, my husband wondered if it was really the sense of smell I lost, which would affect taste. I couldn’t be sure. When I later heard that one of the symptoms of Covid 19 was the lost of taste, I wondered if I actually had that. I really should get an antibody test.
I always wondered about this. One of my first introductions to this line of thinking came when I took a job as a social media marketing manager for a electronic music startup in Denver.
I got the role on the strength of my application and research, and I learned to talk convincingly about electronic music and the various genres and sub-genres.
Yet, I could not tell them apart. They were all the same to me, fundamentally dissonant and I was certain everyone pretended to like it.
As you can imagine, this severely impacted my ability to do my job effectively, despite my best intentions.
I'm now on a hunt for human experiences that I don't have but assume is the case for everyone else.
I already know I can't make the clicking sound people make with their mouths closed.