Don’t fret Friday the 13th

11/13/2015
The Penn Staff
the-penn@iup.edu

Friday the 13th is here.

But instead of actively avoiding the inevitable black cats of mishap and steering clear of any unoccupied ladders, why not embrace this weekend – and the not-so-cheery day that kicks it off – like any other?

Igor Radun, in a study on human factors and safety behavior for the University of Helsinki’s Institute of Behavioural Sciences in Finland, said “no data exists, and will never exist, to confirm that the number 13 is an unlucky number.”

That obviously won’t stop countless of people from proclaiming their superstitions and hiding from a day that just about rivals the spookiness of Halloween.

But even if statistics could somehow prove that Friday the 13th is as ominous as any weekday could possibly be, it’s probably better to approach it with joy. No one reasonably looks forward to running into a spell of bad luck, but if you look at Friday the 13th as, well, just another Friday, then how on Earth can you go wrong?

Even if those black cats emerge from the shadows and you find yourself drifting under a ladder, surely you can convince yourself that those coincidental happenings are just as, if not less, threatening as the challenges presented by every other day you’ve encountered. My goodness, for all we’re concerned, finding a free cat and an unused ladder would make great additions to a household and garage – not icons of horrific misfortune.

In fact, the more you look at the 13th as a day of darkness, the more you’ll find yourself cautious to avoid any wrongdoing. Waltzing into Friday as if it’s another day you’re fortunate to see, however, is a surefire way to appreciate – not fear – what awaits. 

And what better way to start your weekend than with newfound excitement? It’s the weekend, after all. Friday marks another chance to unwind, have fun and live life.

Talk about giving Friday the 13th a taste of its own medicine.

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