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Why are we so Suspicious of Good Luck?

Updated: Mar 24, 2020

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I wish I had a direct answer to this question, but I don’t. I only have my obsessive brains over-analyses of our attitudes towards good luck. I am also being a bit hopeful by using the term “we”, I have no idea if I’m the only one out there that feels like this, but I’m optimistically presuming I’m not.

I think many of us with mental health illnesses struggle with our self worth. Where ever we come from, it seems to be something that bonds us. We feel we don’t have much self worth on those day that are harder than others. Why is that? I wonder whether there is a link between stigma and self worth. Would we feel we are worth more if society was more understanding and accepting of mental health? I think so, I wouldn’t say I’m proud of my Personality Disorder or that I am proud of my psychosis but if I felt less abnormal when I feel more worth?

I guess we also have to look at what we think about luck. What is luck?

Luck – noun success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions.

The very definition uses the word “apparently”! This implies that it is not “luck” which gives us “luck” but a predetermined series of actions. Under that belief, we DO get what we deserve. Which I don’t believe. And if it was true we wouldn’t have phrases such as “why do bad things happen to good people”. So then why do we have the popular suspicious belief that bad luck comes in 3’s?

By this point I’ve gotten too overwhelmed and lost my own train of thought. If you’ve kept up, you’ve done better than me!

I guess I’d rather question my belief in luck, than my belief in my self worth. But I’d really like to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below.

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