Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day gets me thinking about what it means to be lucky.
Are you lucky?
Maybe not as much as Franco Selak. If you Google “the luckiest man alive” you’ll likely come up with articles about Selak, who won the lottery in England after cheating death seven times.
The first time he escaped death, he swam safely to shore after the train he was on ran off the rails and into an icy river.
The second time, he fell into a soft haystack and survived falling out of a crashing plane.
The third time, he again survived drowning when the bus he was riding slid off the road and into a river.
The fourth time, he cleared the area just before his car caught on fire and exploded.
The fifth time, he lost nothing but his hair when he was covered with petrol and his car caught on fire for a second time.
The sixth time, he walked away unscathed after being hit by a bus.
The seventh time, he leapt from his car after driving it off the road, just in time to sit and watch it fall into a ravine and explode.
New sources labeled Selak “the luckiest man alive” when, after all of these near-death experiences, he won the lottery from his first and only lottery ticket purchase.
What did Selak have to say? “I never thought I was lucky to survive all my brushes with death. I thought I was unlucky to be in them in the first place…but you can’t tell people what they don’t want to believe.”
What about you? Are you unlucky because you’ve never won the lottery, or are you lucky because you’ve never been in a train, bus, or plane crash?
Whether you see yourself as lucky or not is all about perspective. You get to decide how you view your life and your circumstances.
So tell me: are you the luckiest person alive?
*Photo courtesy FromSandtoGlass
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