Japanese Women Undergo Palm Surgery for a Better Love Line/Life
I don’t know about you, but back when I was single and desperate to find “the one” I tried a lot of crazy stuff. I feng shui’d my room. I read my horoscope consistently. I’ve been to a psychic, I’ve been to a dream analyst, I’ve enlisted the help of a woman who claimed to speak to angels. When Mercury was in retrograde, I just knew it was a waste of time leaving my house. I know I’m not alone here. Many women — and dare I say it, most women — are the same way. We need to believe that there is a reason we are still single. But no one I know is this crazy.
It has come to my attention via a well-placed article on the Daily Mail that Japanese women — and men! — are undergoing cosmetic “palm” surgery in order to change their luck. Yes, friends, these folks are burning love lines into their skin via an electric scalpel which leaves a semi-permanent scar. Dang.
Although this isn’t cause for widespread panic, it should be noted that 37 procedures have been performed between January 2011 and May 2013. Changing your fortune doesn’t come cheap, of course: the Shonan Beauty Clinic was offering the surgery for ￥100,000 ($1,000).
It is the women who wish for better luck in love, of course: men, more practically, are trying to enhance their success and wealth.
Does this sound as crazy to you as it does to me? We all know that belief is a powerful thing, but we’re talking about actually altering your body in order to change your luck. But you can’t change fate. If something is meant to happen, it’s going to happen, and you’re just going to have to be patient and wait and try to be as happy in your own life as you possibly can. When you want something so badly that it’s always on your mind, inevitably it will never come.
You can read into as many horoscopes as you want, but I suggest going back the next day and re-reading what was meant to happen. Did you meet a guy like Holiday Mathis promised? Did Jonathan Cainer‘s prediction that you’d have a wild flirtation come to fruition? And don’t think I’m hating on astrologers — I’m into hope any way I can take it.
But I’ll tell you why I really believe in the power of fate. Nothing prepared me for meeting my boyfriend, who is, without a doubt, the love of my life. I did not read anywhere that my day would be enhanced by male attention. I wasn’t focused on men at all, in fact, and had no wish to start dating. I was dragged to a bar against my will by a good girlfriend, and planned on staying for no more than a drink as a courtesy. And then — voila! — I met him. We started dating the very next day and have been together ever since.
I don’t care what my heart line says, because I know now that, when the time was right, it was my heart itself that was finally ready.
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About the Author: Laura Schreffler is a former New York Daily News columnist who left the world of celebrity behind to focus on what makes her happiest — love and travel. She is the creator of LoveTrekker.com — a website devoted to these two passions that she fondly calls “looking for love in all the right places.” In her spare time she likes to play matchmaker for her friends, dream about her next vacation and gaze at photographs of Taylor Kitsch. For more advice on love, relationships, and happiness, check out http://lovetrekker.com & her book "Internet Dating 101". And follow her here at Happiness Series with her weekly blog about finding love.