Luck O’ the Irish?

Oddly enough, I had already started writing about luck when I got my first prompt from Doniree’s 52 Weeks of Blogging Prompts, which I can already tell will be just plain awesome. The prompt talked about whether we believe in luck or something else? And asked us to talk about time when we truly felt lucky and how that experience has influenced our lives. So thanks to Doni for reading my mind and also getting me to finish this post.

You know what people talk about a lot? Luck. (And not just because horses are dying on HBO) You make your own luck. Luck is what you make of it. Diligence is the mother of good luck. Everyone has a different opinion on whether luck is truly its own phenomenon or purely the result of preparation and hard work.

I’m not sure I entirely believe in luck. Sure, I wish people good luck all the time and say thank you when they do the same to me, but I think that maybe what we’re really trying to say is, “I know you’re going to do great” or “I’m confident you’re going to try your best” or, at the very least, “I’ll still like you even if you don’t do your best.”

But what makes it luck as opposed to just preparation and confidence? Is it luck when you win the lottery or get the right bounce on the buzzer beater? Or is that just having the right odds or pure physics? Is it luck when you realize that the life decisions you’ve made have led you to have the best friends or the most awesome job? Or just coincidence?

I can’t remember a time when I truly felt lucky. Maybe that’s because I’ve never really believed in luck (but didn’t realize it until now). I might have said something like, “I’m so lucky to have gotten that job” or “I’m so lucky to have met you guys” but I think what I really mean is I’m glad.

So, maybe I don’t believe in luck. Luck can make it seem as though you didn’t work hard to get to the point where you could hit that buzzer beater or get that job. But I do believe in happiness and believing that you deserve the good things that come to you. And that’s enough for me.

Sidenote: you can and should get in on Doni’s blogging prompts if you’re a blogger by clicking on the ad in the sidebar. Or if you’re a blogger or not, check out her other prompts because she’s great and they will be excellent for inspiring some awesome blog posts, vlogs, tweets, journal entries or shower thinking. 


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