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What’s Your Dumbest Ritual?

By Kate Hudson | Comment Diversions | October 25, 2018 |

By Kate Hudson | Comment Diversions | October 25, 2018 |


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Everyone has rituals. I’m religious about making sure I have clean sheets on my bed anytime I go out of town, because I think once you return home the last thing you want when you crawl into bed is dirty sheets. When I used to manage a team at my previous position, every Friday without fail, I would insist on playing Rebecca Black’s Friday at some point during the day (you know, to keep them on their toes), because I thought it was funny to make a bunch of younger 20-somethings listen to it.

These rituals make sense, obviously…but what about the ones that are really dumb, and don’t?

I got my driver’s license exactly 18 years ago today—and for almost 20 years, I have reflexively kissed my right hand, and tapped the roof of my car with it any time I’ve driven through a yellow light.

Why do I do it? No clue.

How did it start? I think I picked it up as a high school freshman from a senior I drove with one time, and most likely thought she was super cool for doing it. I also wore fairy wings to raves, so my judgment was questionable even then.

It’s a tradition that has spanned for more than half my life, and I know it’s dumb. I know it’s probably not bringing me good luck when I do it—but I can’t shake the feel of “what if it is?” What if this tradition is the only thing keeping the world spinning on its axis? Is that thought irrational—yes. Could it be accurate? I don’t know, so that’s why I keep doing my ritual!

Everyone has their dumb quirks that they do—so let’s hear yours. What’s your dumbest ritual?!



Kate is a staff contributor. You can follow her on Twitter.



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