We could call it serendipity, coincidence, chance, frequency illusion, or just overthinking.
You know that story of someone walking through a bookstore and some random book just happens to fall off the shelves at the perfect time? They pick it up, read it and then their life magically changes forever.
Well that didn’t happen to me but something did happen to make me think of that story.
The day I walked into Barnes and Noble to purchase both the book by Ray Dalio and the book that influenced his billionaire mindset, I just happened to come across a very thick book on birthdays while I was walking through the isles. I thought it looked interesting and it kind of stuck out at me. However, I didn’t really give it much thought because I was focused on getting to the Ray Dalio book in the business section. Therefore, I just passed by it.
A few days later, I randomly come across a blog by savvygee on the birthday book. I found her post by the tag of “philosophy” on WordPress because I like reading blog posts on philosophy. Lo and behold, there that book is again! I decided to read her blog, which is really interesting! You can check out here.
After reading her post, I wondered what celebrity, other than Miley Cyrus, was born on the same day as me. I didn’t think about it much and let it go. Well, that was the law of attraction at work, I later find out.
I go to another Barnes and Noble, that I’ve never been to, in order to kill some time, the other night, and as I’m walking through isles again, there that freaking book was again….but not in the section it was when I saw it the first time. It was actually under the science section! Ha!
Three times this book has begged for my attention and I finally gave in. I did find out another celebrity who shares the same birthday as me – Billy the Kid!
Did I take this as an insult? No way. I’ve actually started researching more about the minds of killers, especially serial killers and found that their mentality as an adult derived from abuse, neglect and all sorts of trauma during their childhood, especially if they were more prone to adapting to malicious behavior from genes and the environment. This doesn’t apply to everyone because there are many people who experienced abuse, neglect and all sorts of trauma during childhood and did not develop a malicious mindset as an adult.
Anyways, not even sure if Billy the Kid was actually born on the same day as me, but that’s pretty cool if he really was.
I didn’t buy the book because it’s rather large and I’m still reading the book Principles by Ray Dalio right now. I did sit down and read my birthday and I have to say, it’s rather spot on because I definitely have an issue with authority and repression. Don’t get me wrong, I feel that authority should still be enforced in many areas of life but many people tend to act like Gollum from The Lord of the Rings and abuse their power, which really bothers me!
Everything that I read about my birthday probably wouldn’t have been relevant for me 10 years ago, but now that I’m older, it definitely resonates. Every. Single. Sentence. It also explains my relationship with my mother to a T, who I didn’t get a chance to make amends with in the way I wanted before having to make the decision to take her off life support. I blogged about that here.
So, if you get a chance to pick up this book, The Secret Language of Birthdays, read about your birthday and see if it resonates with you like it did with me. Cheers!
Photo: Description of my birthday from the book The Secret Language of Birthdays.