The best laid plans

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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.

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