The Birthday Brigade

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was produced by the Winton programme for the public understanding of risk based in the Statistical Laboratory in the University of Cambridge. The aim was to help improve the way that uncertainty and risk are discussed in society, and show how probability and statistics can be both useful and entertaining.

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To begin I will note that I grew up with a hippie mother, doing astrology charts. Ever since childhood, I have always automatically linked a person with their birthday and sun sign. I will remember a person's sun sign before I remember their name. A few years ago I began working at a restaurant as a supplemental job, where I would work when the most significant things in my life happened career-wise(positive). Familial emotional and mental abuse from the past and up until that time were acting as a barrier to realizing my full potential. I couldn't get rid of the familial voices telling me I can't do anything right OR My (once supplemental, turned full time) restaurant job. During that time I was named Woman of the Year, ran for political office, was appointed to my city's Human Rights Committee by the mayor- yet still couldn't seem to quit my full time restaurant job to pursue much better opportunities. They treated me like sh*t at that restaurant. And at the time I thought of them like family. Both were representative of my own mental chains holding me back. The weird coincidences : *The owner of the restaurant and my oldest brother shared the same birthday- March 27th *The manager (who I ended up having a torrid affair with, and the reason I listen to podcasts about surviving a narcissist), and my Father share a birthday (ew?)- October 30th *That manager's daughter (who I had a good relationship with pre-affair) and my middle brother (my only family member who I can speak to on a human and deep level) share a birthday- July 22nd * A regular co-worker and my grandmother share a birthday- March 12 Being that that job and my familial ties were the 2 things that I symbolized as holding me back from my true potential, and passing the fear to eventually let both go has given me the ability to live my dreams without feeling unworthy, unable and incapable (Now I work on federal policy and work with some of the most Powerful elected officials in tge U.S., fighting for working families- and without blinking an eye.) To me that is an odd coincidence, even without the emotional symbolism. I am 38 and have been working for 23 years- as I automatically note birthdays I would have recognized if this were normal- still have never come across such coincedences
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Date submitted:Wed, 18 Aug 2021 22:44:45 +0000Coincidence ID:11604