The best laid plans
While running errands the other day, I saw two cars just involved in a fender bender parked on the side of the road. The offender was out of her car approaching the guy she just hit, flashing a flirty smile as I drove by.
Even though her charm may have been a tactic to manipulate him from calling the police, it made me wonder about the odd circumstances where couples meet, so I posed that question on Facebook.
Among the venues of church or, oddly enough, family reunions, there were some pretty unique answers:
This is true in my own life also. Katie and I met for five minutes at a radio station party. Two years later we randomly ran into each other again when I was least expecting her.
But situations like this don’t have to apply to romance. Life-altering circumstances can come while trying to find a job, even for the famous.
Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis got the lead roles in “Thelma and Louise” because Melanie Griffith, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jodie Foster turned the roles down.
J.K. Rowling got fired from her job as a secretary in Amnesty International, giving her time to write “Harry Potter.”
Colonel Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, was 65-years-old and got a Social Security check for only $105. Angry over the low amount, he drove around the country to sell his chicken recipe to restaurants.
We spend our first two decades in the structure of school, so it’s natural we would take an expectation of how things should work into the rest of our lives.
For instance, we must get the perfect job that will lead to the next perfect job. We must get married by a certain age, so that we can have our 2.5 kids at the correct time.
The greatest disappointments come when something does not live up to our expectation. But we forget stories that inspire us the most are the ones about life not following a perfect plan.
I am a planner to a fault, but life has taught me that the moments you aren’t expecting are the ones that form the biggest chapters of your life.
No matter the issue, life seems to be constantly trying to teach me the same lesson: Some things are just meant to be.
Like a fender bender.