I do not believe in luck. It doesn't make logical sense. I believe in chance and odds. And I believe in the desire to have odds in one's favor. But luck is like fairies. Fairies are a great thing to imagine, but they aren't going to exist just because you want to will them into existence. I wish fairies existed for real. (especially the ones that clean your house when you're sleeping or not home) But luck, like fairies, doesn't make sense to me.
I was approached by someone recently who said "You're so lucky you can run for so long. I could never do that."
I am too literal. My brain processes this in the most literal way possible and my first reaction is to be somewhat insulted. But I realize that this woman is trying to compliment me so I responded with some words of encouragement and thanks and I went on my merry way. But what was I really thinking:
Luck has absolutely nothing to do with it. Luck did not bring forth my willingness and effort. Luck does not make me say no to indulgent and unhealthy food and alcohol(which I love love love love) and force me out the door to push through several miles of running. Luck did not make me willing to sweat through all of my clothes. (Yeah even my underwear is soaking wet after a long run- how lucky!) How could you call me lucky? I work my ass off and I still kind of have a big ass, all things considered so where is my luck? Surely you are joking. You cannot possibly be serious. You cannot call my drive, perseverance, and hard work LUCK!!! Moron.
And after this mental rant, I thought about the second sentence in her attempted compliment to me: "I could never do that."
Well, it's clear that you won't then, if that's what you've already decided. But if you tried, you could. You would have to try a lot. And try like you really meant it. And try when you don't feel like trying. And try the next day and the next and the next. You would have to try to keep trying even when it's difficult and even when it seems like you're not getting anywhere. If you did all that, then you could. And by the way, that's how I do it. If you do it, perhaps you'll feel lucky.
This doesn't only apply to running by the way...