In honor of this so-called Friday the 13th holiday, I have compiled a list of 13 things that I am too afraid to, or not willing to, try, in relation to superstition or otherwise....
- Ouija boards - I heard countless stories of death resulting from playing this board game, even if it's made out of paper and coin for the pointer. I KNOW it's just the other players' will (ill or just hopefully) moving the thing, but STILL.
- Skydiving - I am not interested in this at all. I already scream my head off and get all barf-y on roller coasters.
- Smoking - I've only had one serious offer to try this (in middle school), and I had absolutely no desire to try. Mostly due to those anti-drug campaigns, I was freaked out to even try. I mean, I know that my lungs are already a healthy shade of grey due to living in cities... no need to make it worse.
- Pulling an all-nighter - I survived high school, undergrad, and graduate school without doing this. I will note one exception, which was Grad Nite (you know, when they send you off to Disneyland from 10 PM - 6 AM?). Second closest was when I had a virtual baby for a high-school project and was paranoid about it crying. *sigh*
- Eating some insanely gross thing - Granted, due to my Southeast Asian ancestry, I've eaten some pretty gross things. Balut (baby duck in egg), durian, and pigeon have all traversed my system. However, there are worse things -- yak, snake, bugs (beyond what I swallow accidentally), and poop, anyone?
- Run with the bulls in Spain - Yeah, I'm a runner, not a crazy person. I know that thousands of people get through this just fine, but I've read too many bullfighting books and seen many movies (*ahem* Talk to Her) on the subject... There will be no goring for me, thank you.
- Get another piercing - I got my ears pierced at the tender age of 5 during a doctor appointment, unbeknownst to me until it was too late. Glad it was done while I knew no better... Not that I mind pain, but the recovery process (keeping it clean, being careful not to let it close up...) = bleh!
- Hard drugs (for non-medical purposes) - The risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is very real...
- Get bunion surgery - I've mentioned that I have inherited these, and as much as I can, I will avoid having a surgery that will keep me from running for a while, for sure.
- Have a huge wedding - Getting hitched should not equate to awkward family situations and enormous debt. Fortunately, I have not spent my childhood and adolescence imagining my ideal wedding.
- See a psychic - I was very tempted to go numerous times recently, but now I wonder whether knowing a future (real or not) is good for me. I usually follow a wait-and-see attitude about things... for example, I don't study race courses too closely, if at all.
- Gamble (large amounts) - I am extremely risk-averse. If gambling is going to take place with my money, I don't want to be the one doing it. I feel that I jinx everything.
- Get drunk - Sorry, folks. I've never been drunk. The closest I ever came was buzzed, which maybe happened twice. The first was after a sake shot and too-quickly-downed wine with my classmates. I drank a ton of water and ate a little food to counteract this, and I didn't notice anything besides loud chattiness until I slightly missed the bathroom stall door and bumped into its corner on the way in. Had some splotting on my chest, too.
The second time was a very quickly downed LARGE mojito in 15 minutes. I instantly felt fiery in the face and was red like a tomato, giggly, and huge headache ensued. My throbbing head + leather car seats + traffic on the way home = porcelain god.
Given these unpleasantness-es, why would I want to get in an even worse state?