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Are You Superstitious?

Are You Superstitious?

Superstition is a funny thing.  No seriously.  Even the definition is hilarious:

su·per·sti·tion:ˌso͞opərˈstiSH(ə)n/: a widely held but unjustified belief in supernatural causation leading to certain consequences of an action or event, or a practice based on such a belief.”

Based on this definition, anyone who is superstitious is certifiably crazy.  I guess that includes me!  I don't like black cats, I don't walk under ladders, and I will move heaven and earth to avoid walking on the opposite side of a pole from my husband.  But mostly my superstition flares up with sports.

My hometown team is playing in the World Series right now so my superstition is on overdrive right now!  While playing softball growing up, I once went on a hitting streak that lasted 6 weeks.  Every time I got up to bat, I was not only putting my bat on the ball but I was productive while doing it!  My conclusion about the cause of my success?  It must have been the lucky socks!  I refused to wash my socks for 6 entire weeks!  I hid it from my parents by packing the socks deep in the bottom of my bag and not putting them on until I got to the ball field. That way they didn't have to inquire why something in my room smelled like goat cheese, ass, and flounder.  

Fast forward to now - I'm still that same girl.  Mind you, I don't wear socks for days at a time, but when watching sports, I definitely do crazy things to put a positive spin on my teams' karma.  For instance - during game 7 of the ALCS last week, my mother and I sat in the exact same position for the ENTIRE game.  Need to pee?  Do it between innings.  Feeling a little chill and need a jacket? Forget it.  You began the game in a t-shirt, you will end it in one.  Hungry? Nope - you can eat later.  It all turned out for the best so I'm guessing our little ritual worked.

I'm also that girl that believes that if the team is winning while I'm not watching, and then something goes awry when I finally turn it on, then it must be me causing the bad stroke of luck.  That happened last night which is why I didn't end up watching the last few innings of the game.  One of my cousins is the WORST bad luck charm for our football team so she's not allowed to attend games or watch them on television. Don't believe me?  Ask her how I literally grabbed her by the shirt in 2012 that one time we decided to leave the tailgate in the parking lot and go in the stadium and immediately upon her entrance, the team began to tank.  I hauled her behind out of there so fast you would have thought she was a criminal or something!  So yea, I'm ridiculously superstitious. Ultimately I get that superstition is a fabricated concept that only drives people crazy.  But I fully submit to the insanity! 

How superstitious are you?  Share in the comments section below.

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