I’m not superstitious, but I am a little stitious.” – Michael Scott, The Office
Unlike Stevie Wonder, I’m not very superstitious.
I’m am a tad OCD, which can sometimes feel like the same thing.
But one thing I’ve always tried to avoid is the number thirteen. I don’t know why, but if I have the choice I usually stay away from it. Completely irrational and silly, I know. But I never leave the car or TV volume on 13, I make sure I put either twelve or fourteen gallons of gas in my car, and I always stop at a dozen peanut butter cups. I just try to stay away from it.
Then came January 1. And I can’t dodge it anymore. It’s the year 2013. And this past Sunday there were 2 thirteens in the date for the first time in almost 100 years, as will the case be eleven more times this year. It’s inescapable. This is the year of thirteen. Then I started thinking about how really silly it is to feel any number is taboo. My idol growing up was Miami Dolphins QB, Dan Marino. To this day, he’s still my favorite pro athlete of all time. His number? 13. My son plays a lot of basketball. He wears the number of his basketball hero, Steve Nash. I bet you can guess his number. So my two favorite athletes ever wear number thirteen. Maybe it’s time to not only stop avoiding it, but choose it, feature it, embrace it.