Today is Friday the 13th .. one of the most superstitious days for some people…
As I sit here drinking my coffee, I started to wonder how many people are waiting for something bad to happen…
Not that I don’t believe in bad luck..
.. in the theater, we have a “tradition” where we have one performance where EVERY THING falls apart backstage. Costumes disappear.. buttons come off vests.. props break.. someone falls apart emotionally… the lemon/orange water springs a leak all over the floor…
.. every season it is the same..
.. we learned to expect that “bad luck” show..
.. and we laugh during the absurdity of it all…
So I can’t laugh at people who are superstitious.. and go into the “Friday the 13th’s” of this world.. prepared for the worst.
..in fact? Maybe it is foolish for me to go naively into the world .. ASSUMING that I will be able to handle any bad luck that comes my way.
Naively thinking that my Faith in God.. my faith in my family.. my faith in my friends.. and my faith in myself will get me through any luck that life throws at me..
The curve balls that life has thrown me aren’t things I ever would have expected.. let alone things that I could have prepared myself for..
yeah.. I’ve had an accident.. and a flat tire.. and some car issues.. and I even locked my keys in my car once..
.. but having a kid who has Autism?
I didn’t even know that was a possibility 19 years ago.
… having to have my son’s hips screwed back together?
I didn’t even know that was a thing.
.. having severe food intolerances be the cause of my kids health issues?
That only happened in movies.. right?
… a pack of raccoons wiping out my whole bird flock?
Ok.. I probably could have expected that one..
Recently my mom was in the hospital. It was pretty scary. The nurses needed to draw blood from her but they were finding it to be nearly impossible.
When another nurse came in to try to find a vein that would work..?
Well? Someone wished him luck..
Without looking up? He stated, “I make my own luck.”
And he was successful!!!
At the time, we were all simply grateful for his confidence.
But since that day?
Since that day, I have found that this simple statement is true.
We do make our own luck.
There is a saying out there..
Life isn’t about surviving the storm…
Life is about learning to dance in the rain..
I laughed when I saw it because this was how I approached raising a son with special needs…
… this was how I approached raising a very independent, strong willed daughter..
.. this is how I approach life…
I could let bad luck hold me back.. or I can focus on the good things that are still there..
Through everything? Through every tough situation I still have 2 beautiful children.. I have an amazing family… a Merciful God.. and some pretty spectacular friends..
… through everything we choose to laugh through the tears… sing through the frustrations .. and dance in the rain..
After all.. can it really be bad luck if we are all together? Or can we change those bad situations into good luck by finding the good around us? Can we change that bad luck to good luck simply by having Faith in ourselves and those around us?
Today I won’t worry about what bad luck this “Friday the 13th” has in store for me…
.. because I make my own luck…