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No Luck At All

Good luck with that …

I’ve begun considering the concept of luck lately.

And I’ve come to the following conclusion, there’s no such thing.

I mean, there’s the perception of good luck, and there’s the perception of bad luck, there just isn’t any substance to it.

What does this have to do with ADHD?

Good question. When I was younger, and undiagnosed, I was pretty damned sure that my life was an endless string of bad luck.

Everything that went wrong was the universe holding me down, holding me back, beating me up.

It was all bad?

No, I guess it wasn’t. But bad luck could be counted on to be lurking just around the corner.

And it never let me down, it really was just around the corner every time things were going okay.

That was one perception

Since my diagnosis, I’ve gone through a stage of acceptance that has me reassessing the concept of luck.

When I thought it was bad luck that I’d missed an appointment, it turned out that it was ADHD that had distracted me, ADHD that had made it easy for me to forget the appointment existed, ADHD that made me capable of mismanaging my time so that I was overwhelmed with things.

And that perception of bad luck?

Ah yes, the glass half empty issue. I was always sure that bad luck was right around the corner, and I was always right.

But good luck was always right around the corner too.

Wait. What?

That’s right, if my life was going from good luck to bad luck, that means that there was always good luck coming up as well.

I had chosen to focus on the bad luck because that gave me an explanation for my not getting ahead in life.

Then came the diagnosis …

Once there was a reason for my not functioning the way everyone else did, I was able to change my life. I was able to function the way I do and use my functionality to acquire my own forms of success.

And then I was able to perceive the good luck and the bad luck as being the two extremes of a very even wave pattern.

But you said there was no luck??!?

Ha. You’re right. I did. Well, there really isn’t if you think about it. The idea of luck incorporates the supposition that the universe sees you and deals out to you what it thinks you deserve. It also supposes that the universe can be fair or unfair, hence good luck or bad.

But in fact, you are part of the universe. And what happens to you is not the result of any collective intelligence deciding what to hand you in life.

It is what it is

Break a leg or win a raffle, none of it matters to the universe.You are neither being rewarded nor punished.

And when you have a day where nothing goes right, and you want to believe it’s bad luck, well, do so, if that makes it easier for you.

But remember, good luck is lurking just around the corner.

No Luck At All

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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APA Reference
Babcock, K. (2017). No Luck At All. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 19, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-man/2017/05/no-luck-at-all/


Last updated: 19 May 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 19 May 2017
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