Last weekend I went to the Arizona Renaissance Festival and did something I never thought I would: I went to a palm reader booth. My sister and one of our friends wanted to, and I thought it would be a fun experience. What I didn’t expect was insight into my mental health.
After sitting down between my sister and friend on a bench, an elderly palm reader sitting in the shade in front of me started touching my palms and made a few predictions about future relationships and children, and explored career options and traits.
For example, she told me I have a writer’s line, could go into counseling and that I’m intelligent. All true of course, except for her prediction that I could also go into engineering and computer science. I’ve never been a natural at math.
She also told me it appeared I had overcome a great amount of stress in my life and was more in control of myself now. That was true. And then she eventually came to ask me if I had suffered from depression.
When I told the palm reader that I had in fact suffered from depression, she told me that a few lines on my left hand were closed, and a few on my right hand were open. This signifies an imbalance, and possibly bipolar disorder.
Interestingly enough, my mother has bipolar disorder, and I always wondered if I had more than dysthymia (a type of mood disorder that most people think of as depression).
She explained that I have the ability to change my imbalance by taking different natural supplements like fish oil, and that I don’t have to be depressed the rest of my life. She added that I would most likely get married after 30 because I would spend some time working on myself, and that I should take into consideration the genetic factor of depression when I have kids.
I listened throughout the whole palm reading session, eager to explain to her my actual situation, but I just decided to accept her advice with no real comment. I have already made large strides with my depression, and I don’t feel like it defines me anymore, so I basically viewed her advice as something that would apply more to myself a few years ago.