Am I superstitious?
Yesterday I wrote an exam. Part of the preparation for the exam started last week when I was in the local supermarket and I bought Lucozade Energy. The reason for buying it went along these lines:
- I needed a drink and a pick-me-up immediately before the exam so that I wouldn’t get thirsty or tired during the 2-3 hour session.
- Waiting in the hot carpark before the exam is thirsty work and I get very tired when the sun relentlessly beats down on me.
- I usually don’t buy Lucozade but over the past four years I bought Lucozade specifically to have it before exam sessions and it has become a tradition of sorts.
- I really don’t specifically need Lucozade, but I didn’t choose to try something else.
All of these thoughts happened while I was staring at the shelves of energy drinks, so I didn’t enter the decision lightly, it was not a knee-jerk reaction.
However, on the morning of the exam, while I was driving to the venue I realised that I had left the drink behind. I began to wonder if it would affect me during the exam. Would I be thinking about it and thus distracting myself from the task at hand? Would I begin to worry about it for no reason?
The answer is no, I did not think about the drink at all during the exam. I did regret leaving it at home while I was sitting in the hot carpark (frantically revising stuff I had never read before). The exam itself did not go well. However, I am not prepared to blame the lack of Lucozade for my dismal performance, rather my lack of preparation was my downfall.
However, for my remaining exams I will continue the tradition of taking the Lucozade Energy before the exam and I will probably buy it again next year. Does this make me superstitious? Please vote and leave comments below.