Or maybe this happens to everyone. You tell me.
As I go about my regular day, different things become 'memory triggers.'
As I'm brushing my teeth, for example, I'll remember an incident almost ten years ago very vividly. The same thing will happen a few days (or weeks) in a row.
As I go to scratch my ear at some point during the day, I'll remember going to a particular restaurant on a particular occasion. The same memory will jump to the same trigger for a while.
As I go about my editing job, the same phrase on the questionnaire will make me recall one moment at a part-time job fifteen years ago. I'll find my mind there each time I look at that field for quite a few hours of work.
I have a lot of these, and it used to really worry me. I'd lose focus on what I was actually doing and be instantly sucked into the past, into the full feeling of the memory. I can remember different parts of different memories more vividly. Sometimes I distinctly recall the smell, other times it's the way I felt or what I saw. I used to worry about it, but now I just accept it. I keep thinking I should start putting the memories down in writing, to see if it would stop the powerful flashbacks, but I haven't so far.
Seriously, am I the only one living through this, or is everyone around me checking out of the present and into the past on a regular basis?