Call it coincidence. Call it fate. Call it whatever you want. But I cannot seem to escape the "J"-Syndrome I have caught myself in. What is this "J"-Syndrome, you ask? Put simply it is the vortex surrounding me that seems to attract people with J-names, many of whom I develop crushes on, date, etc. More deeply put, a great number of people I meet or am friends with have J names. First name or last name, it makes no difference. I cannot escape the J.
(I should probably place a disclaimer here...not all the people I have liked have been J-named people, and I don't like every J-named person I ever meet, but it is just ironic that more often than not, the people I am attracted to have J-names.)
I guess you could say it all started in elementary school with my first J crush. A Jason from up the street. Of course it was the silly, little girl kind of crush but it has sent me down a path inevitable toward all the J's in the world.
The trend continued into High School. I think I even recognized it, but dismissed it as irrelevant. Nevertheless, it was just as prevalent. Whether the guy I pined most of my high school dating career over or the cute guy in (or guys) in seminary, I was being haunted by the J. (Specific names here are left to the imagination...a girl has to keep the ace up her sleeve once in a while.)
The trend even extends to my best friend, Cody, and second family, the Jardines.
College has been no exception, and if anything, has only multiplied the "J"-Syndrome. Jimmy's Jason's, Josh's, Jeremy's, Joseph's, Justin's, Jesse's. Met them all. Been attracted to some. Whatever the case, I just seem to find the J's. On some occasions I don't even know their name when I find them attractive.
The "J"-Syndrome even extends into my celebrity crush collage. Jess from Gilmore Girls. The Jonas brothers, particularly Joe, who is a double threat for the J-name trend. Jonathan Jones of We Shot the Moon, another double threat. Josh Groban. John Isner (tennis player). Even my latest celeb crush portrays a J-named person in I Am Number Four, John Smith (Alex Pettyfer). If we wanted to go way back, Jimmy Stewart even falls in the pack. I just cannot seem to escape the J. Even fake celebrity crushes have the J-name...Justin Bieber for example. Only good for amusement...but still bearing the J.
I haven't decided if the "J"-Syndrome is a good or bad thing yet. I guess I will just wait it out and see. But for now it seems to be an increasing trend. I guess all I can do really for now is embrace the J.