Are you getting superstitious in your old age?

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Posted on: 06 September 2017 by Dennis Star

Do you notice yourselves becoming more superstitious as you grow older?

I recently came across a very interesting study about superstition and luck that got my brain ticking. After doing some further research into the topic I found even more information that is very relatable to an older man like me.

As I have grown older, I have noticed myself becoming more superstitious about certain aspects of my life. Maybe it is because I’m over half a century old but I am very cautious about my finances. What I didn’t realise until now, is that more than 50% of people aged 45 or older are also very superstitious about their financial position. Compared to 23% of youngsters aged 18 to 24 who don’t seem to have money worries.

When I was younger, I considered myself to look for scientific logic in most of my beliefs. But more often than not I now find myself becoming nervous if I walk under a ladder or accidentally smash a mirror. 27% of people who are in the over 50’s age bracket also fear the same superstitious beliefs. A further 18% of people fear the number 13, and I must admit that I often stay indoors whenever Friday 13th comes around.

The more that I think about it, the more I remember about my parents being superstitious when they were about the age I am now. I find this really interesting as most people who are over 50 (45%) claim that their irrational beliefs stemmed from their parents. I must have picked it up more than I thought at the time.

It’s not all negative though, I do believe that there are items that attract luck. For example, I received a horseshoe as a gift from an old friend. Since I have hung it up in my home I feel that there is a lot of positive energy running through the downstairs area. After looking into it further, I have realised that I’m not alone as 45% of people who are in my age group also believe in the luck that a horseshoe brings.

Superstition and luck is a topic that has been debated for as long as I can remember. Scientists claim that their is no logic and astrologers argue the opposite. I must admit that I have opened up to the idea that there is some truth behind the beliefs, just like the 87% of people aged over 45.

Do you have any superstitions? Would be great to read your comments below.

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