I will always remember this particular line in the book, Eat Pray Love, when Elizabeth Gilbert is talking about the old adage of someone praying and begging to God to win the lotto, and after repeated pleas to win God’s response is simply “Please please please… just buy a ticket”. I’ve never been one to really participate in lotto. Just the thought of going up to buy a ticket makes me feel nervous. Have you ever been behind those people who are doing their weekly Lotto orders at the newsagency and they rattle off names and numbers and phrases like “Quick Pick” so fast that you think they are speaking another language? Those people intimidate me.
However in leu of what has been a really tough week…and I mean tough… tears every day and life altering news about people close to us that has completely turned our world upside down… I decided life is too short to be scared of buying Lotto. So with this new found confidence in life I strolled to grab my lunch at work like normal and bought myself a ticket for this weekend. I kept it all pretty low key, pointing to the size of the ticket I wanted to the girl behind the counter, acting all nonchalant as if I do this every week. She kindly printed my ticket and made sure I double checked I had the right one… as if how was I supposed to know I had the right one, isn’t the point of lotto that you have a bagillion chances of not winning? I played along and nodded and smiled back saying it was right whilst not actually knowing what I was supposed to be checking. Then it got all weird. She just stood there with this huge smile on her face and said “I can’t wait for you to come back on Friday with your ticket”. See this right here… this is why I don’t buy lotto. It just makes me feel all uneasy and I’m sure she has to fake laugh at hundreds of people a day who say things to her along the lines of “…just make sure you give me the winning ticket!!”. But I didn’t force that on her, I didn’t even know what I was doing. But at the end of a bad week I walked back to work completely convinced I am about to win lotto and that was exactly what I needed to take my mind off things.
So what’s that got to do with Notre Dame? Well nothing really. It just got me thinking of where I would go and what I could see with all of my winnings so if you don’t hear from me again it’s because I’ve won millions of dollars and am probably too busy being a millionaire, swanning around my favourite cities across the globe to update a silly blog.
Or I will probably just be back in a few days. We’ll see 😉