hope

The death of ‘Good Luck’

Why this tiny, innocent and inconspicuous phrase should die.

It may seem like a lovely, little phrase full of endearment, positivity and hope but, I’m afraid, the term good luck is such a vapid, empty, meaningless phrase that we might as well just bin it off.

We pick out this term from our charming phrasebook when someone has an occasion coming up which could result in a negative outcome. We say it to be nice. We say it to give them a boost. We say it to show that we support them on this endeavour.

But what we are really saying is that we have zero faith. I’m going to put my belief with this mysterious luck instead of putting my belief in you. We are belittling the hours of preparation that have been put in. The hours of revision, practice or study. The frustrations, stress and pressure. We are boiling all this down to two tiny words that have zero emotional connection.

So what can we say instead of good luck? I hear you, if good luck is so bloomin’ awful, what are we left with? Well, there are so many alternatives that I think we should switch out this go-to phrase immediately!

You could say:

  • You’ve got this
  • I believe in you
  • I know you can do this
  • Go get ’em
  • Nail it
  • They’d be lucky to have you (works best during job interviews)

Yes, I know these require way more thought than the simple ‘good luck’ but can you feel all that belief, good vibes and spirit that each phrase is filled with. It shows that you have so much faith in the person. That you don’t doubt them. That you don’t think some mysterious spirit needs to help them because they have practiced and prepared. It shows pure belief!

So, there you have it. Why we should put ‘good luck’ into retirement.

And if anyone takes this seriously, oh dear. It is an annoying little phrase, though.

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Shine bright

You look up to the stars,
and see how bright they burn.
Unquestioned and admired,
see how you can learn.

Shining against the night’s sky,
refusing to be anything less.
They do not fear the darkness,
and they do not suppress.

They hear what you have to say:
I may have far to go, but I am not afraid.
I shall rise up like the blade,
to be what I am, and to never fade.

Resounding and strong willed,
you shine just like their light.
You can face the fear of the night,
and rise, rise, rise to be so bright.

Just one New Year’s resolution

There is always so much hope and anticipation about the New Year. 

We wonder what it will bring. What joys and excitement await. How we’ll be better. How we’ll make resolutions of things to achieve, and actually get round to doing them this year. 

But soon that newness of the year will falter and eventually it will be lost. We’ll slip into the same old routines. We’ll forget the promises that we made to ourselves, the dreams and hopes that we had for the year ahead. And we’ll continue on the path that we’ve always known as it’s the easiest one to follow. 

This year, instead of making thousands of resolutions. Just make one. 

Instead of pinning so many hopes and dreams on the idea of the New Year, remember that every day is the chance to be what you want to be and do what you want to do. You just have to get up and do it. 

This New Year promise yourself that you will bring the excitement and hope which you feel on New Year’s Eve to every single day. 

(And this New Year I’m apparently going to be a truly awful motivational speaker.)