We were halfway to the concert venue when Candice repeated herself: “I really don’t like this. I don’t think we should do this.”

My best friend had woken up that morning with a bad feeling. Every time she thought about the concert we were attending that evening, something told her we shouldn’t go. There was no apparent reason; it just stuck with her. As we drove closer to the venue, the feeling only grew stronger.

“I just feel like, if the two of us are there, something is going to happen.” We tried to parse through her feeling, seeing if perhaps it was caused by another underlying anxiety. Then as we reached the parking lot of the venue, she started to panic. That was it for me; I turned the car around and we went back home.

The next day, we checked the news: nothing. The concert had gone off without a hitch. Nothing to explain the premonitions Candice experienced. However, we were both left feeling that we had sidestepped – something. We kept asking, “Did our absence actually prevent anything? Is it possible that we could have sparked a sequence of events leading to some sort of catastrophe just by being there?”

We will never know. We just had to trust the message.