Tuesday 14 May 2013

Tomorrow, Beware the Ides of May

About a month ago, I woke up in the middle of the night with a premonition that something bad is going to happen on 15 May.

To go into more detail, I woke up from a dream in which I was on holiday and swimming in an amazing swimming pool, but not enjoying it because I knew it was the last day of my holiday and I also felt apprehensive. I woke up and, while still half asleep, I got a vivid image in my mind of a Facebook events calendar page for 15 May, accompanied by a feeling of dread.

In the morning I told several friends and asked them to take extra care on 15 May, even if they thought I was being silly and didn't believe anyone can have premonitions. One of my friends commented, "Is that the Ides of May?"

Looking it up, I found that May is indeed one of the months in which the Ides is on the 15th. The Ides of March are traditionally thought to be unlucky - being the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated. I very much hope that The Ides of May are not similarly unfortunate for anyone.

I have some mixed feelings about writing about this premonition on my blog. After all, there is a good chance it wasn't a premonition at all - merely a bad dream. That's certainly what most of my friends are reassuring me and I hope they are right. I would much much rather that on May 16 people say, "See, nothing happened",  than I say, "I told you so".

And I certainly don't believe that the future is fixed. Despite the reputation, Friday 13ths are supposedly days in which accidents are less likely to happen than normal - partly because a lot of people take extra care.

So, please do take a little extra care tomorrow. As I have already said, I would rather everyone was safe, and I looked a little foolish, than feel guilty because someone had a nasty accident and I didn't warn them to be more careful.

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