A college friend made this comment to me at the end of our senior year.
You have the worst luck of anyone I know.
I'm sure he meant it only as an observation, and not as an insult of any kind. I recall laughing off the comment, thinking that it wasn't true. I wish I had been more cognizant of my life and its quirks, as I wouldn't have brushed off the comment as quickly as I had. At this point, I completely agree with Mark. Yes, yes, I do have the worst luck of anyone you know.
That I have been as successful as I am despite this is likely a testament to either my oblivious nature, my refusal to acknowledge the shitty luck, my acceptance of the shit luck and determination to keep going, or the fact that I used up every ounce of good luck when I chose my parents and genes at birth.
Given that the last one is pure chance, let's just go with it.
Okay, I think I know what you're thinking, "it's not that bad, Kitt," and you'd be right, it's not that bad.
I have a good life (so far. I recognize just how much out of one's control a life is, and am grateful for the grand dice roll at the moment of my conception), but, yeah, I have a lot of little shit things that happen every day in overwhelming numbers. Individually, none of them are of any consequence. In aggregate, it's a mountain of shit I endure day after day.
Actual conversation: "I have been pulled aside for randomly searches in airport security lines 22 times in a row. That's 22 separate flights." "Really? I've never been pulled aside once." There are people who have never been pulled aside by tsa for extra screening. I am the 12 sigma case on the OTHER side. I am nearly always pulled aside. They will take one person from a group of 20 and it is always me.
I left in the morning, same time as every morning, for a 20 minute commute. There was one morning, I had a meeting, unlike any other morning for months. That is the morning I hit every red light on the commute for the full cycle, with a bonus accident and construction dude waving a SLOW sign for everyone but me: I get the STOP sign. That 20 minute commute took 45 minutes to drive 4 miles, and I missed the important meeting entirely.
I am nearly hit by cars walking across the street, in the crosswalk, with the walk sign (not the flashing light, the walk sign) more times than anyone living outside of New York City. Happens about twice a month. Walking. Green light. Walk sign. Big metal objects hurtling towards me.
Flights are delayed when I am on them. So much so, I travel only through cities with family or friends in them, so when my flights are cancelled (happens more with me than anyone else you know), at least I can visit. We missed our honeymoon flight by 1 minute, stayed with the in-laws on the first night of the honeymoon. That is my luck.
Elevators go out, escalators, too, when I need them. I'm good at climbing stairs. I know where most of the stairs are in the buildings I am in frequently, since I need them. I suspect I'm one of the few people who know the A, B, and C stairwells in the Shopify building.
Companies run out of my favorite X, just before I show up, for many values of X.
Insurance fraud people have hit my cars over the years more times than I care to admit. My cars have been broken into more times over the years than I also care to admit.
I used to keep a list of all the small bad things that happen to me in a day, along with a list of all the good things that happen to me in the same day. I concentrated on looking for the good things. There weren't many in comparison to the shit things, maybe a 9 to 1 ratio bad to good.
And then I stopped.
I realized that I really don't care that I have bad luck. Okay, the worst luck of anyone you know.
It happens. Some people breeze through life with delightful karma. I don't. I am a walking Murphy's Law bomb going off all the time. Part of me rages at the unfairness, part of me is grateful for the trade off of luck for smarts.
I get frustrated a lot.
I want the world to throw me a bone, because, come on, stop throwing this shit at me, I'm tired, I want a break. I'm tired of being knocked down, screamed at by large men calling me a bitch because I wouldn't excuse their bad behavior, having to go to the police to file complaints of people threatening me. I tired of all the crappy small things that, you know what, do make this a hateful place. I'm tired of the health problems of those I care about. Hell, I'm tired of my own health problems, and those have thus far been survivable (knocks on wood).
And while I worry about becoming a hermit, a recluse, and hiding from the world, because, you know, it's easier to disengage than it is to keep taking on the crap, I know that I'll keep trying. I'll keep moving forward. I'll keep looking for the good stuff. I'll keep ignoring the bad stuff, even when it's overwhelming, because that isn't the life I want.
I don't want to have the worst luck of anyone you know. I'm ostriching on that one, as, as far as I know, this is the only life I have.
Might as well keep trying.