I double-dog dare you to break a mirror, walk under a ladder, cross paths with a black cat, and step on the cracks in the sidewalk today. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Yeah, I’m not quite ready to do all that either.
Most of us laugh at superstitions, but they are so ingrained in our everyday lives that we subconsciously follow them. In fact, you will have a hard time finding a building with a 13th floor since most skip it (do you feel safe on the 14th floor knowing it is *really* the 13th?).
1 a : a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation b : an irrational abject attitude of mind toward the supernatural, nature, or God resulting from superstition
2 : a notion maintained despite evidence to the contrary
Friday the 13th is a good reminder that superstitions result from ignorance.
- Sacrificing a virgin will not keep a volcano from erupting.
- Blowing out all the candles on your cake does not guarantee your wish will come true.
- Cats don’t suck the breath out of babies.
Many times we create our own superstitions that hold us back from where we want to be.
“Everyone in my family is overweight, so I’m destined to be fat, too.”
“I’m not smart enough to start my own business.”
“You have to be rich to travel.”
Are you creating bad superstitions about your body, mind, relationships, and lifestyle?
In my own life, it is hard for me to see myself as an athlete (“I’m not built to be an athlete”). I’ve recently started training for a half-marathon next year, and I’m working on the first milestone of completing a Couch to 5K program. After my second run I told Warren I was a runner. And I’m going to continue to refer to myself as a runner because that is what I’m doing.
Even if I’m not built like one.
What are your favorite superstitions from childhood? Or your self-defeating superstitions from today? Let’s have a good laugh at both of them and put them away for good.