The Perspective of Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th has garnered a bad rap over the years. There is a litany of superstitions that perpetuate the mythology of this day, but the truth is, it is still just superstition, a belief that one event causes another, even though there is no real physical evidence that links them.

So, what if we flipped this day and decided to focus on the good of the number 13 instead of the dread?

I did a little research and came up with thirteen positive things to ponder today, Friday the 13th.

Here you go:

  1. The number 13 is considered lucky in Italy. And Italy has great wine and pizza….two of my favorite things on earth.
  2. The United State had 13 original colonies. Those bad boy founding fathers kicked ass and took names when they broke away from English.
  3. The 13th Amendment officially abolished slavery in this country. Yup. Good work, Abe and Company.
  4. For followers of the Jewish faith, 13 is when a boy (and a girl) becomes a full member of the Jewish faith after completion of a Bar Mitzvah or a Bat Mitzvah. I attended a few of these celebrations back in junior high, and I must say dancing the Horah in my red velvet maxi dress is one of my favorite memories.
  5. Thirteen in the lucky number of the Great Goddess, and the number of blood, fertility, and lunar potency. Looks like this could be a fun night for many.
  6. The gift for thirteenth wedding anniversaries is lace. Lovely. 
  7. All members of the Apollo 13th mission returned home safely.
  8. The Hollywood sign was dedicated on July 13, 1923.
  9. Wear red underwear on this day. Red brings more luck than any other color. Just don’t wear white pants. Never mind. You can wear anything you want. Be proud of that red underwear!
  10. It’s bad luck to clean on Friday 13th, so happy day! Relish in your dirty house!
  11. Pet a black cat today. Their purrs will bring you peace and joy. I have one at my house if you want to come over.
  12. My mom was born on the 13th of August, and without her, I wouldn’t be here and without me, my two boys wouldn’t be here. Thanks, Mom!
  13. A baker’s dozen is 13. Yum, donuts.

Richard Wiseman, a psychologist, suggested that believing in superstitions can be a way to avoid taking responsibility for your own failures. So, instead of fearing this day, sweep away the old thinking. Be the master of your own destiny. Decide for yourself what is good karma. Drink wine, wear red, and dance like no-one is watching. At least that’s what I am going to do today. What about you?

“Here’s the thing about luck…you don’t know if it’s good or bad until you have some perspective.” - Alice Hoffman, Local Girls

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