This post is a dramatic change from my regular political and societal opinion articles. As over the past few days, I have experienced an overwhelming feeling of déjà vu.

Déjà vu is defined as a feeling of having already experienced the present situation. It can occur at random times when an event feels familiar or can take place in instances when an identical scenario has been experienced.

In the cases of identical scenario’s, déjà vu can teach us valuable lessons about avoiding repeating the old, same mistakes. Some mistakes that we make can become so embedded within us that we are unable to break free from them. We fall into the same trap or do the same things because different factors impede our decision making, such as emotions.

Everyone has some old habits or mistakes that they want to change. The first step to not making the same mistakes is acknowledging the moment of déjà vu. To recognise the experience of feeling the same emotion or the same event and aiming to learn from this.

After initially realising what the mistake was, identifying what a successful resolution will look like is imperative to achieving change. This can take place in many different ways, such as writing down a vision for the future or setting personal goals. Through these various means, the opportunity for change is made available.

Déjà vu is a strange feeling which can occur at random times such as hearing someone tell you something that you are sure they have mentioned to you before. However, déjà vu can also happen when you make the same mistakes without realising. This realisation should not be neglected but utilised as it enables us all to learn and grow.

“Déjà vu is more than just that fleeting moment of surprise, instantly forgotten because we never bother with things that make no sense. It shows that time doesn’t pass. It’s a leap into something that we have already experienced, and that is being repeated” – Paulo Coelho

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