Some of those are practical though. Sitting on cold things and carrying heavy things probably have made women infertile before.
Sorry, Emma, but these really are rubbishy old-wives' tales.
I'm very superstitious, I just can't help myself. I take everything as a sign or an omen and find it really hard to shake off those ideas (obviously most prominently the negative ones) once I've though about them. It's like telling people to imagine a swimming pool, but to not imagine and jellyfish in it.
I love that analogy, but, seriously, it does sound to me that you're being much too introspective because maybe you are by nature an anxious person. Superstitions can become obsessions, and that's not a good thing. Just a friendly suggestion
, but you might benefit from attending anxiety management classes.
However, I'm glad to say that I came clean with my friend about the red and white flowers because I really didn't want them in the flat any longer, either together or in separate vases. Thankfully she said she understood. I've kept the white ones but the red are in the bin.
Also not walking under ladders does make sense. I used to pooh-pooh it until one day I was walking under one when a tin of paint landed just inches in front of me.