Happy Friday the 13th! That’s right, I said it. Fight me.
I love Friday the 13th, and I think it’s largely because there’s such a stigma about it. And I do love things that are misunderstood, strange and unusual.
It’s kind of a thing with me.
So if no one’s told you before, screw this bad luck bullshit. In almost every religion, there are positive and negative aspects of the number 13. Let’s take Christianity as an example.
At the last supper, there were thirteen people around the table. The thirteenth person was Judas, who would later betray Jesus. On the other hand, there are at least two saints associated with the number 13. The Virgin of Fatima and St Anthony of Padua, to be specific.
For me, Friday the 13th has usually been a lucky day. Not like a ‘win the lottery and quit my day job’ lucky. More like a ‘hit all the green lights, two candy bars come out of the machine’ sort of luck. I honestly look forward to these days.
Putting luck aside, Friday the 13th is a little slice of Halloween in the middle of the year. I mean, we don’t get to dress up in costumes or anything. Well, I guess I’m a damned adult and I could dress up like a zombie any day I please. But that’s beside the point.
We can get some candy and indulge a little. We can watch scary movies and share spooky pictures of black cats on social media. We can make a celebration of it, and we damned well should.
I’m going to be real with you guys. This past week has been hard on me. I was sick at the start of the week and I lost two whole days to napping. Then the elections on Tuesday depressed me. I’m a big supporter of Bernie Sanders and I’m just in knots. So now I’m behind on my work, still recovering from this nasty head cold and anxious about the political situation in my country.
I need some happy is what I’m saying.
So you know what? Screw it. I’m going to make some kettle corn and watch some slasher flicks tonight. I’m going to donate to a worthy charity to thank the universe for my good fortune. And I’m going to hope that my luck turns around.
What are you doing tonight to celebrate the 13th?