Yesterday I awoke from a dream in which I was attending my own funeral and for the rest of the day I couldn’t shake the idea that I was going to die as I went about my normal routine. I took extra care as I walked to work, I eyed people suspiciously for weapons as they passed me on the street… I avoided a black cat when it crossed my path. It was an irrational thing to think, and yet I was still convinced my dream was somehow a premonition – which is daft because I don’t believe in premonitions or dream interpretation. Yet it unsettled me so much that I carried the notion around with me for the rest of the day and, unless I’m actually a ghost as I type this, I didn’t die.
It did set me thinking about what other irrational things I do that I don’t mean to, and I’ve decided to make a list because it’s quite funny and shows how it’s easy to be irrational without meaning to.
- I say ‘bless you’ when people sneeze, despite there being no plague right now, and despite not being religious.
- I “touch wood” for luck
- I cross my fingers for luck
- If I spill salt, I throw some over my shoulder and “into the devils eye”
- When I eat boiled eggs in the shell, I break the bottom of the shell so that a witch can’t use it as a boat to escape*
- When I walk through a graveyard, if I stray from the path I apologise to the deceased…
- I wish people luck.
- I say “jesus christ!” “Holy moses!” “for gods sake!” “go to hell!” “What in the name of God!” “for my sins” when I’m not religious
I feel like a bad skeptic/atheist when I do the above and realise what I’m doing. It feels like I’m somehow cheating even though it’s just a habit I’ve grown up with.
I’m curious, dear reader, what quirky yet irrational habits do you have that you can’t quite break?
*I blame my mother for that one, I don’t even know what it means! WHAT DOES IT MEAN?! A WITCH IN AN EGG?! FROM WHERE IS SHE ESCAPING?