I honestly had no idea what I was going to write about until I sat down. I was going in a totally different direction until I typed the title in. I don’t normally write a title before I finish writing my post and this time I was only planning on writing the word “odds” but then what actually came out was the line “may the odds be ever in your favor”.
Does anyone else think that line is completely creepy? I read the Hunger Games series in a little less than 5 days; and it wasn’t because I enjoyed it necessarily. It was more because I was completely traumatized. (I say that a lot about books and movies. Makes me think I should choose different things to read and watch…)
The Hunger Games was just one of those stories that made me feel hopeless. I was so involved with the characters and I wanted to see them be free, but it felt like their situation was so hopeless; and it was. Can you imagine being forced to compete in a competition to the death and having those very same people say, with a smile on their face, “may the odds be ever in your favor”?
And it’s not like they helped their odds. In fact, they added things to the game making it almost impossible to survive. I think those berries look better and better the more I think about it.
The human spirit is pretty amazing though. No matter the odds, we still have this inane ability to have hope in the most hopeless situations. Take the lottery. My boyfriend buys a ticket whenever we go to California or to another state. His theory is that you have to play to win, which is true, but the odds of winning are beyond low.
In the most recent Powerball, he went in with a few people and even had someone get him a ticket that was already driving across the border to buy one of his own. He was so excited about it that his excitement started to wear off on me. I started to think about it and how amazing it would be if it actually happened. It wasn’t until later that day or even the next day that I started hearing stories of how many people actually bought tickets. I think one guy got one for each of his 70,000 employees, or something like that.
And in the end, I believe there were only 3 winners.
I’m of the opinion it’s a waste of money and emotional effort.
Odds are a strange thing to contemplate. In some things, no matter the odds, you would fight. And in others, you look at the odds and walk away because it isn’t worth it. I suppose it has more to do with what the odds are about and survival is one of those things where the odds don’t really matter. At least, not for me.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Just Jot It January are both hosted by Linda G Hill. Today’s prompt was odd/even and I chose to combine them into one post.