If you were forced to give up one sense, but gain super-sensitivity in another, which senses would you choose?
I would give up touch in exchange for super sight. That was my first thought, super sight to be a super linesman. You’d never get a decision of any kind wrong when you have super sight. Of course I wouldn’t really want to be a linesman. Because if you are officiating the game then you can’t watch the game. And even worse, you could miss your team’s game because you would be elsewhere.
After giving it some more thought I realised that I wouldn’t want to do such a thing. Not because I can’t pick a sense to give up but because there isn’t one in which I would really like to gain super sensitivity for. It’s a case of being careful what you wish for. I’m already over sensitive in regards to hearing, smell and touch. I know only too well the torment of not being able to sleep at night because I can hear everything going on around me. It’s strange that at the same time, I can’t stand complete silence. I can’t sleep if the room or the house is completely silent, it just has to be the right kind of noise I guess.
I wouldn’t mind sacrificing touch, even if I didn’t gain anything somewhere else. If I were to give that up then I could let people hug me and not worry about flinching and them noticing that. Of course they could just listen to me when I tell them it’s not personal but for whatever reason, they just don’t seem to get that, they have to get all emotional about it. They don’t believe when I tell them even if it was Manuel Neuer doing the hugging, I still might react in the same way. Of course it would be less likely with him, I would imagine with his strength he could provide the required crushing kind of bear hug that I can not only tolerate but actually enjoy.
Giving up hearing is a tempting prospect too in some ways. It’s tempting to think of what it would be like to not have a headache every time you leave the house. It’s even more tempting when you think of never hearing other people’s constant chatter ever again. But there’s a flip side, a very bad one, never hearing anything again would mean never hearing Jogi or Hansi or any of my favourite commentators again. That is something I could not give up and it is definitely worth putting up with the rest of it for those. Random Hansi tangent, I think I hear him even when I know he can’t be there, even when I know he’s elsewhere. In a video I saw earlier, one where Mesut Özil interviews Jogi Löw I was convinced I heard Hansi even though I knew he couldn’t have been there. That never happens with Jogi though, I don’t think it could happen with him.