I have never been a superstitious person. I’m not afraid to have a black cat cross paths with me. I do use caution around ladders but that is more of a safety issue rather than a superstition. And I certainly don’t believe that I will have 7 years of bad luck if I have the misfortune of breaking a mirror into tiny shards of reflective glass. I will, however, have 7+ horrible minutes of clean up!!
Bad luck seems to be brought on by bad attitudes. If I had woken up this morning in a state of panic because of the calendar date, I’m sure some incident would have befallen me and I would undoubtedly have had people tell me it is a result of the dreaded Friday the 13th. I arose this morning as I always do. I put on my jeans the same one leg at a time. There were no black crows eyeballing me from the top branch of their perch, screeching raptor-like obscenities and warning me to stay indoors.
Did you know that historically there have been fewer car accidents on this day because people exercise so much more caution or don’t drive at all? The irrational fear that this day imposes is an interesting phenomenon. People have such an overwhelming fear of the 13th day of the month falling on a Friday but never really take the time to ask themselves why they have this fear. If you reflect on your childhood, somewhere along your journey, the superstition was unwittingly passed on to you. The moment that seed was planted, it matured into an irrational fear and has embedded its roots into your psyche. I’m a firm believer that we make our own luck. If you think bad things will happen on Friday the 13th then they probably will.
Friday the 13th has never imposed any ugliness on me but I also impress nothing put positive thoughts on it. It is just another day. If Friday the 13th is your ‘monster in the closet’ – lock that closet door and throw away the key. It holds no more power than what you allow it to have.
Are you superstitious or was today just another day…