It’s Friday the 13th and we are in the middle of October so I feel the need to talk about bad luck and about if I believe in it or no.
I sometimes feel that as a scientist I shouldn’t believe in in bad luck but I often find myself doing things to prevent bad luck (anti-jinx). I feel really silly about it but I can’t help it. Deep in my brain, I know that doing something, touching a part of my body or saying something won’t prevent things from happening, but deep in my heart I still feel the need to do something to reaffirm that I don’t want anything bad happening. I tend to dismiss correlated situations like “when you break a mirror you get 7 years of bad luck” because those things tend to be antiquated and tend to come from the same men that thought women weren’t supposed to vote because they were inferior to men. But I also tend to find myself doing something thinking ‘I know this won’t do anything but it if it could actually help… I’m not risking anything by trying’.
I don’t believe that someone can be cursed with “bad luck” but I feel that everybody from time to time feel like they have. Because sometimes bad things happen one after the other and we can’t do anything to stop it. And I feel that we tend to try those anti-jinxes in order to feel like we are in control of these things from happening. Like I said, deep in my brain I KNOW that the anti-jinx won’t stop my ‘bad luck’ but deep in my heart I feel the need to do something that would make me feel better about my situation, that would make me feel like I did something to help and improve my ‘luck’.
Actually, it’s funny that we call ‘luck’ to a chain of events; if those events are good and make us happy, then what we have is good luck. If those events are bad, then it’s bad luck. So, I do believe that a person can have a chain of bad things happening to her/him but I don’t believe there is something like a ‘curse’ going on. I believe in life and I like to believe that energies tend to balance themselves out so when a lot of bad and shitty things happen, then good things will happen because life is a matter of opposites annulling each other.
It’s one of my goals to be able to stop doing certain anti-jinxes I couldn’t get rid of so far. I guess I would have to keep on trying!
Anyway, I would love to know what you think about this topic! Let me know in the comment section below: do you believe in bad luck? What’s your most used anti-jinx? What’s that thing that even you know it’s not true you can’t stop yourself from doing it?
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