That was my question this morning while, when my way to work today, still reeling from some bad news about the long-awaited conclusion to the trial regarding my sister’s death, my car hiccupped. Just a quiet but unfamiliar lurch while I impatiently drove behind a pokey driver who had me at that annoying speed between fourth and fifth gear. I down-shifted, and the car seemed much happier in fourth, but the lurch had me worried–it was not a normal feeling. A few minutes later, it did the same stutter but while in third gear. Made it past that fine, but then when I kicked it into neutral to stop at a light, it just died.
And stayed dead. For about 15 minutes. I coasted over to the side of the road, waving cars past me feeling like an arse. Key in, turn it, and it would start with a wheeze and promptly die as soon as I tried to coax it into gear. But then on a last-ditch effort before calling a tow truck, it magically started. And it continued along all the way to work as if nothing had happened.
But something had happened. So I took it to the mechanic. In the waiting area, while Ellen interviewed the annoyingly cute Jennifer Garner, I mused over my bad luck. Why right now? So much going on with the end of this trial, an upcoming move, opening our own store (all of which result in limited funds…).
But it just seems to happen that way. For everyone, really, and I suppose that realization gives some solace. Takes the sting out when you realize it’s not just you…
As Jennifer related stories about her annoyingly cute kids and annoyingly hot husband, my mechanic approached me with a bad news face. Ugh oh. Transmission? Engine issue? Car’s literally on the verge of blowing up?
Nothing. They found nothing wrong. I suppose from his perspective, his bad news face made sense. After all, they failed. Because something was wrong at 9:30 this morning. And as a mechanic, his job is to figure out what went wrong and charge me lots of money to fix it. But from my perspective, it was a positive outcome that I would not be paying lots of money to fix the problem (at least, not right now…).
Of course, being somewhat of a vehicular hypochondriac, I will be driving with white knuckles on the wheel waiting for the next hiccup to tell me, It’s Happening! But while feeling sheepish about my possible overreaction, I’ll also be reminding myself, Chill Out. It’s not that bad.
Have you had any bad luck lately? Do bad things seem to hit you in multiples, too? Or do you think that’s just a common myth (because we all like to overreact and feel bad for ourselves…)?