“I’m a lucky person, and lucky things happen to me.” This mantra has become commonplace among young people with dreams and aspirations over the last few months, and it’s not just because St. Patrick’s Day is upcoming.
The concept of Lucky Girl Syndrome was made popular on the social media subcommunity Manifestation TikTok, along with creators encouraging vision boards, daily journalling and other words of affirmation. The concept is that by saying, “I am so lucky,” out loud and truly believing it, lucky events will inevitably happen to you. It could be as small as a parking spot just outside your destination, or major, like getting the call back from the dream job you’ve been applying to. The concept has taken off online, showing there is an entire subculture of people who put their fates in the universe and are magically finding inexplicable opportunities as a result.
With the Manifestation TikTok community making Lucky Girl Syndrome a widespread phenomenon, we can more deeply understand the symbols behind St. Patrick’s Day. Born out of the concept of ‘Luck of the Irish’, St. Patrick’s Day has always believed in goodness and magic. The four-leaf clover itself, a longstanding Celtic charm, represents faith, hope, luck and love with each leaf. As St. Patrick’s Day is only a few days away, the true spirit of this holiday really resonates in 2023.
We could all use a little luck these days. From Irish beliefs to Manifestation TikTok, people will turn to luck to achieve dreams and aspirations out of their control; like manifesting their dream partner will walk into the coffee shop, where they’ve tipped the barista extra on their matcha latte for good karma. Just like the leprechaun’s pot of gold, those who believe in Lucky Girl Syndrome may manifest higher incomes, putting their promotions in the hands of fate. There are no promises whether it will work, but one key component to the luck of the Irish is to truly believe.
This St. Patrick’s Day, tell yourself you’re “So Lucky”, and see if Lucky Girl Syndrome could bring you closer to your dreams! —Julia Dumbrell