I Don’t Believe in Karma

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Karma is the belief that when you do good things, good things happen to you, and when you do bad things, bad things happen to you.

Let me tell you a story.

About a month ago my boss asked me if I could work March 11th. So this morning I woke up and dressed in a tshirt and shorts and went to work my two-hour shift at the local activity center face painting OUTSIDE.

Now, it has been increasingly hot in my town for the last week or so, which I’ve loved. However, it has recently reached a low of 80 each day and has become quite a bit for my Irish skin.

I worked my two-hour shift with the nicest lady I know. She’s British and an absolute dear. She’s also quite a lot older than me. We set up chairs and an awning (to keep us out of the atrocious heat) and gabbed and painted children’s faces. About half an hour in, we noticed the booth next to us. They were sponsoring our local relief nursery and did not have an awning. So being the kind souls we are, we offered to share our awning with them so they also didn’t have to melt in the heat.

At this point we had five ladies under a three-person awning. They were all older than I and I decided to take one for the team and move out from under the canopy so that everyone else could fit. So I spent the better part of two hours sitting in 90 degree heat with no sun protection. All so that four nice older ladies could sit comfortably in the heat. Which they did.

I now have a raging sunburn up my right arm and on my right leg. My farmer’s tan is up the roof! And I won’t be able to wear a tank top or anything shorter than mid-thigh shorts for weeks. AND IT BURNS!

And this is why I don’t believe in karma. I did something very nice and I get rewarded with something very bad. I’m not regretting my action (I’d rather they were comfortable than myself) but I still feel a bit cheated by the universe. I mean, this sunburn is going to mean weird tan lines and having to actually tan myself so I don’t look weird in my graduation dress. Karma, you do not exist.

But does this mean that I will give up on the theory? No. I still believe in doing nice things for others, even if I don’t have them reciprocated upon me. I guess this whole incident taught me that. Yeah.

What are your own feelings on karma? Have you had an experience like mine? Let me know in the comments!

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4 thoughts on “I Don’t Believe in Karma

  1. Tips for the burn: drink more water than you can ever imagine and bathe yourself in aloe. Speaking as a French/German/British/Irish living in the desert, I know how this goes.
    As for Karma: think bigger. Rewards aren’t instantaneous. (:

    1. A Sign of Life,

      Thanks for the tips! I’ve been rubbing lotion on every 45 minutes!

      And I know to think bigger, but the instantaneous just made me write this post!

  2. I agree completely! You dont have to have nice things to happen to YOU in order to do nice things for others. besides, i know plenty of nice people who have had bad things happen to them none stop! it all just depends on the decisions you make

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