Wikipedia says "the law of averages is a lay term used to express a belief that the outcome of a random event will 'even out' over a large sample."
For example if you wanted to put a bullet in a revolver and play Russian Roulette you have a one in six chance (17%) of shooting yourself in the head. If you had a couple drinks and were playing with an equally psychotic or miserable buddy, the law of averages changes.
If your bro spun the chamber again before putting the gun to his head, he too would have a 17% chance of getting killed. The "game" could go on for quite some time. If he didn't spin the chamber his percentages of getting killed would increase. However, (again according to Wikipedia) with each pull of the trigger you and you're buddy have a 50/50 chance of getting killed.
The law of averages says, eventually somebody is going to get killed. And you and your buddy are complete jag-offs.
There is a law of averages in my life. And, since I don't play Russian Roulette, whether I'm a complete jag-off or not is harder to tell. (Maybe.)
The law of averages, as it pertains to my life, states:
- No matter how hard I try, things are going to happen when they're goddamn good and ready to happen and not before. All I can do is keep trying. Eventually something will happen.
- As soon as I think all is lost, something will happen to remind me to keep trying.
- I am average. I am not super smart, super athletic or super anything. But I want to be anything but average. Which means, if I keep trying and working, by a law of averages, eventually I can break the glass ceiling of mediocrity.
- Quitting is the only thing that ensures failure.
- I take calculated risks. Calculated risks are still risks. By nature, some of these risks are going to cost me dearly. Most will not.
- Rules help us all get along. The law of averages insists that some rules cannot, or were not meant to be, followed.
- Every day should be an experience. Experience is the best teacher. One day I may finally possess a slice of wisdom.
- Life is not complicated. As long as we focus on the right details. As long as we keep it simple.
Yes... the law of averages. Maybe it's unique for each one of us. Maybe not.
I am reminded of Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd in the movie, Anchorman. In an effort to garner the first ever anchor lady's affection ("It's anchorMAN, not anchorLADY, and that is a scientific fact!") Rudd applies his vehement cologne, Sex Panther, stating to Will, "Sixty percent of the time, it works every time."
Ferrell replies, "That doesn't make sense."
Indeed. But, "it's made from bits of real panther, so you know it's good."