I can’t remember exactly the first time I heard the word ‘serendipity’ but it quickly became my favourite. Definition aside, it is also just one of the those ‘roll off your tongue’ fun to say kind of words! It has always been my own personal little life mantra and if I ever pluck up enough courage to get a tattoo it would definitely be the word I would want inked on myself for a life time.
Life is made up of so many ‘fortunate accidents’. I’m sure, like myself, you often feel like your life is a WALKING DISASTER and those ‘accidents’ are definitely not ‘fortunate’. But over the years, as I get older *cries*, I have discovered if I look back at all those times everything fell apart they have eventually lead to something ‘good’, even if I didn’t see it at the time. It’s that old saying ‘everything happens for a reason’ and although I’m not sure if I fully believe in a pre destined fate it definitely makes me believe in something.
This leads me to my most recent and biggest serendipity which is meeting my boyfriend. Flashback to two years ago and I had finished training as a performer for years and was lucky enough to secure a job as a lead vocalist onboard a cruise ship. Absolute dream come true! I packed my suitcases, tearfully said goodbye to my friends and family for 9 months and headed off to Italy to start rehearsals for the job of a lifetime. My life was mapped out for the next 9 months, I would be living the dream, travelling the world and earning my own income from it. The rehearsals were tough. I was up most nights learning songs not only in English but also French, German, Spanish and Italian. (I still remember that two page Spanish rap!) But eventually everything came together in those four weeks and we were ready to board the ship and start our adventure. Then it all came crashing down. On the day we were meant to embark the ship we were told we had lost our contract as the ship had been sold to a different company. So there I was jobless and stuck in a small town in Italy overnight waiting for my flight back home to face the life that I had just said goodbye to. It was extremely tough and at that moment I didn’t see how this could ever be a ‘good thing’. I spent that Christmas looking for auditions again and back to what I felt was square one.
Luckily enough that February I got a call to join a new ship with a different company immediately as someone had left the cast. In a whirlwind 24 hours I left home to start rehearsals and subsequently onboard this ship I met my now boyfriend, who I love and can’t imagine my life without. It seems crazy to me that had I not lost my job and my life hadn’t took that detour we never would have met. I truly believe it was all meant to be.
You may not see the serendipity for days, weeks ,months, years even decades but its there! Each little stumble along the way will eventually lead you to some of the greatest days of your life. They have to go hand in hand.
So the next time something doesn’t go to plan and that perfect image of what you wanted your life to be changes, as hard as it is, breathe and trust in the change. Whisper to yourself ‘PLOT TWIST’ and wait for the serendipity. I promise it will appear if you make some room for it.
Please comment and let me know of any serendipity moments you have had, no matter how small. I would love to read them!
Oh and also grab a cuppa and check out the super corny but extremely ‘feel good’ film with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale……….(one of my favourites!)