While our eyeahight continually worsens with age, I am incredibly surprised to witness our sense of smell getting stronger.
I remember going deranged when our mother would cart us from hotel room to hotel room while I was in trips across the country because she said 1 or more of them smelled like mold. As a child, they all smelled the exact same to myself and others and I just had to take her word for it, regardless of how miserable it made us all. Every one of us would balk and squirm, consistently miserable at the thought of picking up our suitcases and walking to a bizarre room yet again after having done so 3 times prior. But nowadays I completely understand in area why our mother lost her mind a lot over smells over the years. When your olfactory sense gets attuned with the surrounding environment, you can’t simply “turn it off” like you would with a button or switch. Now you’re smelling smells that you would normally ignore or fail to notice altogether, which could be liberating in some ways. For instance, I can often detect by smell alone whether or not our food is done cooking inside the oven. This is especially noticeable when I bake fresh cookies or pizza, but I’m noticing it with other foods as well. Because of our sensitive sense of smell, I have to keep our a/c cleaned and in as pristine of shape as humanly possible. If I don’t keep the a/c cleaned, I notice a musty smell whenever it turns on and starts to cycle.