"Friday the 13th" & other SUPERSTITIONS
Scary, silly or serious?
Within the spooky world of the superstitious, Friday the 13th. is a day of dread and disaster. Believers everywhere are on high alert, checking their schedules and bracing themselves for what evil, misfortune or dastardly deed may befall them. On this day, the superstitious of our breed will trust no one, proceed with extreme caution and embrace paranoia.
Could this be you? Are you that person with a rabbit's foot or four-leaf clover in your pocket, because "one never knows where or when bad luck will pounce upon you.?" Are you prepared for the worst that could possibly happen today? Have you convinced yourself this day will not end without a spontaneous combustion or freak accident?
To you my friend I say, "calm down and let's talk." I held on to superstitions for years myself. Then somehow I emerged from the fog and set the demons free. It's all about separating fiction from fact......myth from reality and fantasy from truth.
I do believe it's sort of fun to scare ourselves and spook our friends. In fact, I know this is why a lot of people look forward to Friday the 13th. They may not be superstitious at all but simply use any excuse to play practical jokes.
To be fair, there are plenty of people who cling to certain religions that are filled with beliefs that basically boil down to ancient rituals of imagined happenings.
These folks are very sincere and would take offense to being referred to as a bit off their rockers.
I'm sorry. No disrespect intended. It's just that until it's proven beyond all reasonable doubt that stepping on a crack will break someone's back....or walking under a ladder brings one very bad luck, I'm gonna have to go with seriously doubting most superstitions.
The DEFINITION, in easy-to-understand terms
Superstition-- Any belief or attitude based on fear or ignorance that is inconsistent with the known laws of science or what is considered true and rational.
There exists any number of common superstitions. However, as though the common kind are not ridiculous enough, there are the weird superstitions and worse, the bizarre. The latter can go the distance straight into crippling phobias.
Isn't this special? Just in case things are going smoothly and you're pretty happy about your life, there's always the threat of doom and gloom to destroy it all before your very eyes.
Of course, you would have us believe that terrible things happened because you broke the bathroom mirror this morning. And...after all, you heard an owl hoot steadily from your roof throughout the night! Yikes! You can't possibly expect to have a good day after that.
One of the secretaries in our office, Sarah, admits to being very superstitious. We never expect to see her at work on Friday the 13th.. She surprised us this year by showing up. We figure its because she'd taken a day off last week for a family emergency. She had to drive her husband to the E.R where it took 22 stitches to close the gash on his forehead. It seems Sarah had hung an iron horseshoe above their bed to prevent frightening nightmares. This horseshoe fell from the wall on her poor unsuspecting husband's noggin. On the way out the door to the hospital, he threw the lucky horseshoe into the trash. He apparently didn't appreciate the luck and protection it provided.
Watch this interesting video about Friday the 13th superstitions.
The superstitious are everywhere. There's our neighbor Joe, who will stop by to say "Hi," and fill us in on what's new in the neighborhood. This particular morning on Friday the 13th, Joe looked concerned
Raised by an Italian immigrant mother, most everything she taught Joe about life had some connection however slight, to a myth or old wives tale, complete with warnings and prayers to chant. Oh brother......yes, I know what you're thinking. But Joe took this seriously so we dared not laugh at him. This morning he wondered who the mystery guest was going to be who would come to their door at 6 pm. The way he explained it, his wife had a dream with the number 6 written on a wall. When she proceeded to make breakfast, she dropped a fork on the floor and gasped as she put her hand to her chest. ""Oh Joe, you know what this means....a stranger will come to our door, this evening at 6 o'clock and he will have bad news."
I looked at my husband, he looked at me. Together we said, "Oh my...oh really?" I mean, what would YOU say? The best we could do without playing the game was assure him the news would be good news.
Some of the nicest people, ordinarily sensible individuals, can be the superstitious type. A lot of this nonsense is passed down through generations from family members. . Grandparents can pass down old myths and folk tales. When you're just a kid, it sounds so mystical and spooky, you want to believe them..
I recall my grandmother having some incredible "beliefs" and sharing her tales with all of us impressionable kids.
Frankly, I have no superstitions to spook me on Friday the 13th....or any other day.. But fears like this, that are part of someone's belief system....things they've held onto for one reason or another for years ....are just THAT...things they believe.. Even if they deny being "superstitious," you will witness them throwing salt over their shoulder, going out the same door they came in or avoiding going near black cats. Don't forget knocking on wood, Come to think of it, I admit I've done that one myself.
I would encourage all superstitious people to simply go about their day in a very usual manner and disregard all paranoid thinking. Should you insist upon hiding out safely at home until the day is over....think of this: The reality is, misfortune will find us where ever we are. And that my friend, is not a superstition but something you can bank on!
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