Thursday, August 21, 2008
Warding off the evil eye?
I was just talking with my sister, who is really happy about a brand-new job that seems like everything she really wants right now, and she said, "I hope it works out." I asked if the only reason she said that was that it seemed to be too good to be true and she said, "Pretty much." I identified because I do the same thing. If something is really great, I look for the flaws in it anyway, because if I'm too happy, that's just tempting fate.
I know that the Greeks used to have a saying like, "Don't brag when the gods are listening," which is why we knock wood when we say something like, "My car's great, I've never had a problem with it." And a lot of cultures have talismans against the evil eye, because if someone sees you too happy they might start wishing bad things on you.
Even the "Oh, I'm so fat, you're the one who's pretty" dialogue (so intellectually stimulating) is a way to make sure no one thinks you're too happy with the way you look. Some of us might take it too literally by actually getting fat, I think. After all, if everything is good, what do we worry about? And not worrying seems somehow dangerous.
I know I'm not alone because I've seen plenty of others doing this, so my question is, how do we stop?
"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07