Can you make your own luck?

Milly Rich aged 99 conchology cabinet shell collection July 2017

Milly Rich’s conchology cabinet. Some shells are considered lucky.

What exactly is luck? How can one define luck?

People are often quick to say ‘I’m  lucky ‘or ‘I’m not a lucky person’.

Well what is luck? I could say that-

“I’m lucky to have my daughter”

or I could say

“She’s lucky to have me”, or – “we’re lucky to have each other”

You could say you were lucky if you found £5 on the pavement, but that is and isn’t luck, it certainly isn’t lucky for the person who lost it!

I think people are wrong about luck.

Most people assume that luck is something you get; well I think you should consider that luck is something that you don’t get!

There’s an epidemic… you don’t get it, therefore you are lucky.

Another example: you could get ready to travel for a weekend break in a lovely city but something stops you from going – you assume its bad luck.

However, then something unexpected happens in the city and it turns out that you were lucky never to have gone.

Luck is what you don’t get.

I don’t have a one-track mind and if you look at luck in both ways too, not just in the sense that luck is about receiving something good, you can turn a negative event into a positive one.

I would say a good definition of luck is  “chance”.

But also consider it as something you don’t get.


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