Superstitions Impact our Lifestyles?
When past experiences are good, the beliefs that humans
create are positive, but when the past is not filled with good times, the
beliefs created are negative. If choices made and beliefs formed are negative,
then they affect the way we see ourselves, the decisions we make, emotional
comportment and basically our whole lives.
‘Find a four-leaf clover and have good luck forever’.
most of us grew up believing them. I mean ‘blow out all your birthday candles
in one blow and you would get whatever you want’ to be frank who wouldn’t want
that but you can agree with me that most of us humans are extremely naïve .
Good luck for certain amount of time or even good luck forever who wouldn’t
want that? Superstitions are usually born into, majorly practiced, or newly found
out, these newfound pathways can have its many advantages and disadvantages
personally, nationally and globally.
in Nigeria (national perspective) make people feel both self-conscious and also
self-assured. Self-conscious because people feel that if they do not partake in
a particular ritual or if they don’t follow a particular trend then they are
not fit to be in a particular place or they cannot be who they are ‘destined’
to be. One of the most common superstition is ‘If you crossover a pregnant
woman then her child would look like the person who crossed her’ this
superstition makes people, women especially very self-conscious because they want
their child to look like them and not anyone else or because they just don’t
like the idea of someone crossing over them. Superstitions make people very
weary of their surrounding and their environment because they have a fixed
belief that if they do not follow a certain rule or practice then the ‘gods’
would be against them and their generations forever. These rules and pathways
make people prone to making rash decisions because they are willing to do
anything to please those around them or even to have a confident demeanor
whereby the deceive; at least try to deceive either themselves and those around
them with the emotional wall they have built for themselves.
people believe they have a definite path set for their life so as far they
follow that exact route that has already been set, then they are good to go.
These ‘self-assured’ people are the most naïve because these are the ones that
want good things to come easy and believe
in the ‘good luck’ superstitions like ‘Itchy palms’ or ‘wearing your clothes
inside-out unconsciously brings about a wealthy lifestyle’, these were
superstitions that made Nigerians want to continue in that lifestyle, the
wealthy lifestyle. Another example of a Nigerian superstition is ‘ spare the
rod and spoil the child’ this one has to do with discipline, Africans believe
that when children are physically disciplined , that they would not go back to
their bad old ways and parents claim that it is done out of love but let us be
honest, that really hasn’t helped that many children in the past because they
are more capable of becoming delinquents who do not listen than those who are
verbally disciplined with actual love and affection. Parents that do this think
it is the right way just because that is what they were born into.
superstitions are the worst kind of superstitions in my opinion because they
lead people astray, the beliefs formed move from one part of the world to
another luring people into the unsure world known as superstitions. Zodiac
signs are a type of superstitions, they
are horoscopes that are used according to the month that you were born in,
‘June 21st-July 22nd are known as cancer’, these horoscopes tell you how your day would be,
how you would fall in love or even tell you whether or not you would have good
luck. These zodiac signs give people a sense of belonging and make people feel
like they are making the right decision just because they are not the only one
following the trend. These trends have made a very big impact to the lives of
those around the world especially the light skinned, these are the people that
believe in mostly luck and coincidences and not a fixed God.
Constellations are another example of superstitions, they use connected
stars to explain Greek mythology, some of them are named after animals, common
objects or even a character from old mythology. ‘Big Dipper, Ursa Major, and
Ursa Minor’ these are examples of constellations that people believe in, they
think that the stars would bring good luck or tell our future. These beliefs
are started out in one part of the world and are sent around to other places because
people believe it is a trend or they are really desperate for something.
Superstitious behavior make people feel more confident and less self-conscious
because they know that there are many other people around the world doing the
same thing so they are not the only ones doing it whether wrong or right.
effects; people would want to commit suicide because their zodiac sign is not
the same as a celebrities own or they would never be as good as the girl/boy next
door. Their zodiac signs might not always bring forth good luck or the
superstition they believe in might not be working for them that point in time
or that year even though they have been following the same trend basically
their whole lives or at least since they found out about the trend. On the
other hand, this can prevent suicide because the person finally feels like they
In my own
opinion superstitions are the easy way of life which really isn’t a good thing
because nothing good ever comes easy. I believe that something good only comes
your way when you work hard for it and not just out of a coincidence or ‘luck’,
I personally do not believe in luck, there are some traditional superstitions
that I might’ve followed when I was younger because I wanted to fit in or because
I saw my friends doing them ‘ pick money from the floor, and turn into an
animal’ but I later realized as I grew up that I do not need to fit in and I do
not need to be like everyone else. Why not me being that trend setter or me
being that person that people look forward to seeing or look forward to being?,
why must I follow in the ways of others and in the path that someone else has set
for me and not me setting the path for myself. Superstitions are just a means
of easy escape from the world, these are things that clog the mind and divert
our minds from the things that are really important, like why am I wearing a
skirt today? I am wearing a skirt today because I feel like wearing a skirt not
because my ‘zodiac sign’ told me that I have to wear skirts on Mondays and
plaid on Wednesdays. I want to be able to make my own choices without the fear
of someone judging me and telling me that what I am doing is wrong.
that people should finally stand up for themselves and be who they want to be
and not who someone tells them they have
to be, and with superstitions and made up beliefs being a constant in our daily
lives and on top of that, new ones arising every day, the chances of these
things happening are very low because once we start in a particular way of life
and get used to living that way, then it would be very hard for us to just
switch up and start a whole new life. These already set paths are seen to be
the good way of living or because your parents and generations past went down
that path and it went well for them so they believe that it is destined to work
for you. One day it might work one day it might not.
we make can affect our daily lives, we might’ve been looking for a job for a
very long time and a new job becomes available we would turn it down because
our ‘eight ball’ or our ‘lucky dice’ did not tell us to accept the job. A
popular saying ‘opportunity comes but once’ should be a drive to stop us from
making these mistakes that we know that we would regret later or ‘good things
come to those who wait’ this is a very true saying and I have experienced first
hand but without the help of constellations and all pushing me to do what I did.
I would admit some of them are very fun to do like jumping or stepping over
cracks to avoid breaking your mums back or just reading your zodiac sign just
for the fun of it but when t gets too much it becomes a very big problem both
for you, and those around you. It might become an addiction whereby you feel
like that thing has to be part of your daily life and without it you feel
incomplete .So in conclusion the best way to get a first hand on yearly decision making
is the rational way.
GET UP! GET OUT! AND BE YOU!