December 10, 2003

'Bed' Karma

For the past couple weeks, I noticed that I have been following a certain superstition that I believed to be quite silly, yet couldn't bring myself to break. Last night, however, I was ironically reminded that perhaps superstitions are not as fictitious as I may have thought.

For as long as I could remember, I had been getting out of my bed on the left hand side. I'm not really sure why, just a habit I suppose, but something that happened every morning without fail. One day, I decided to try and get out of bed on the right side, wondering if maybe all this time I had been waking up on the 'wrong side of the bed.' Well wouldn't you know, I had one of the greatest days I'd had in a very long time, and I have continued to get out of bed, every morning- and climb into bed, every night- on the right side, which is also the 'right' side, apparently.

Follow me so far?

Ok good... So anyway, this has been going on for probably two months, maybe longer. Everyday since, I have almost felt myself with a different outlook on life in general, and it seems things, overall, have actually been 'better.' This doesn't necessarily mean I have struck the lotto, or fell into some other amazing luck, it just appears that waking up on the 'right' side of the bed has actually helped to brighten up what might be an otherwise crappy day.

(get to the point Jed!) Sorry...

So to continue this meaningless babble, I will bring us to last night. I crawled into bed from the right side, like I had been, and started to doze off while watching Futurama on Adult Swim (note: Cartoon Network is the best station ever for lining up Futurama, followed by Family Guy, every night.) As I lay there, my cat jumped on the dresser to my left, and knocked something to the ground. Rather than have him destroy it, I decided to go pick it up (it was a hackysack which, if torn apart, would leave a huge mess). It was so close to the left side that I figured I could cross this imaginary barrier quickly, just to grab the hackysack and put it out of the cats reach.

As I swung my leg over this 'off-limits' plane of existence, the corner in which I was sitting slipped from its frame and fell to the ground. I heard a board that was holding the mattress in place snap as the bed went crashing down, rendering it useless. I sat there for a moment, grabbed the ball, got back into my now crooked bed, and quietly giggled at the irony of it all while Family Guy graciously led me to dream land.

So I wonder... is superstition real, or is it just a state of mind? Is karma something to worry about, or is it worrying that fuels it? After all, if I had gotten out of bed on the right side, it probably would not have broken, would it? Furthermore, if I had not even had this superstition in the first place, the bed would have broken a long time ago, right? Based on my exeperience (and other similar situations which I have come across in the past) I think superstition and karma do exist, but only if you want them to. It seems that getting out of the bed every morning was just a little snippet of the day that helped to view the world differently; in other words, it's as if saying 'I woke up on the right side of the bed, so today cannot be bad, and I will work through anything!', thus no problem I encounter during the course of the day will be too tough to handle. Conversely, waking up on the left side would lead to 'I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, thus horrible things will happen!', and a broken pencil might send you over the edge. Either way, I think karma and superstition can be used wonderfully, if used correctly. Make the superstition something you can easily endure, or wonderfully conquer, and that little bit of confidence can go a very long way.

Or, maybe I just have a humorously coincidental life, which is totally acceptable in my book.


Posted by jed at December 10, 2003 09:13 AM

When you say the right side of the bed, do you mean the right-hand side when you're standing up looking down at the bed, or the right-hand side while you're lying in the bed? Not that it really matters in my case. If I try to get out of bed on the other side, I hit the wall.

Posted by: lopolis at December 10, 2003 12:17 PM

the right hand side to me is, as i lay in bed on my back, the side to my right, which is the side facing away from both the bathroom and the bedroom door, thus the reason i never used to access the bed from that side.

phew that was a long sentence

Posted by: jed at December 10, 2003 01:47 PM

I have this sugar pill here that will give you the strength of 10 men and the sex appeal of 20. It really works when you believe in it. Promise...

Posted by: Andrew Davis at December 12, 2003 05:34 PM

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

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