Serendipity – the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. Or also a fantastic patisserie on Manhattan which I failed to go to – twice. Not the next time though! 😉
But honestly, who would not want more serendipity in their lives? Both the fortunate, miraculous events and the sugary indulgence. But let’s focus on those littles miracles now 😉 Those little miracles that we do not expect and which are called serendipity. Who would not want more of those?
But what if we are blocking the way for their appearance in our lives? By overanalyzing. Overthinking. By trying to be logical at all costs. Or realist as some would say.
I don’t know how about you, but I’ve never been any of those – not logical, nor realist. Call me crazy, I’m proud of it. The best things in life have usually only little to do with logic. They just happen. By chance. By miracle. Or perhaps it’s the serendipity.
In my search for movies that could possibly cool me down in this terrible heat wave, I came across the romantic comedy Serendipity (2001) starring Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack. I loved the idea of a fun romantic comedy with a hint of destiny. Or perhaps more than just a hint since it’s actually all about serendipity as the name suggests (by the way, as far as the sugary indulgence goes – it also features the mentioned patisserie, so it’s a win-win 😀 ).
If you follow my blog, you know I’m not one who would enjoy criticizing movies – in fact, I try to avoid that as much as I can – but I gotta say that one of the most painful things for me to watch is a great idea going wasted. Yep. You heard me right. I know Serendipity is a much beloved romance and couple of people (or rather couple of hundreds or thousands of people) will want to shoot me now – but as I watched the film I couldn’t help but weep – but not over the happy ending or the story itself as you might think. But over an idea going wasted. I mean such an amazing amazing story idea, so original! But sadly one which full potential has hardly been reached. And that potential was huge if you ask me. It could have become one of the classics! If only done better – or perhaps even better casted (no offense, I adore both Beckinsale and Cusack).
I am a sucker for romantic comedies when done well. You know, that kind of clever romance with the likes of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks like You’ve Got Mail or some of the Sandra Bullock or Julia Roberts movies OR the great great Richard Curtis comedies (do I need to name them?!). A type of movie that seems to have vanished only to be substituted by silly, empty comedies full of cliché – now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the above are not full of cliché! Sure they are. But there’s a difference between a cliché done well and a cliché that’s too cheesy instead of adorably cute and fun.
Serendipity has a few good moments, but too many flaws if you ask me – which start especially with the hardly believable supporting characters and too short of a beginning where the main characters supposedly fall in love and spend the best night of their lives together. Like really? We need more of that to see when that magic happened..
So yes, I wasn’t exactly taken by the movie but what I couldn’t get out of my mind even long after seeing it was the whole idea of fate, destiny, serendipity – whatever you choose to call it 🙂
As much as I am sucker for good romantic comedies, I’m also a huge believer in fate. I believe there are people we are meant to meet. I believe not everything needs to make sense in life. Or not at first anyway.
I believe, we are meant to meet certain people – either to teach us a lesson or to to make our lives better and stay. I believe there is no such thing as coincidence. And when two people are meant for each other, no matter how long it takes, no matter how many obstacles they need to overcome, they will find a way to be together eventually – that they will cross each others paths once again. Because sometimes you meet people and then lose them only to find them again when you’re ready. Sometimes it can be sort of a rehearsal. Or a tasting 🙂 A taste of what’s to come.
Too crazy? Maybe. But what this belief and this movie teaches us – or rather reminds us – is that sometimes we should really let the fate work its magic. Just let go. Let it go. Let the Universe, fate, destiny whatever you decide to call it – let it work for you. Stop obsessing about it. Stop trying to figure things out. Stop agonizing your pretty little mind with the what ifs, or whys. The true meaning will reveal itself when it’s time. And if not, it wasn’t something you should concern yourself with at all. Some people come to our lives just to shift them a little – into a direction we wouldn’t otherwise take. And that’s their role done. But whether it’s people or certain events in our lives, trust the timing. The timing is ALWAYS right.
I believe sometimes we are ruining our lives when we try to apply too much logic to it. When we try to find answers for everything or solutions or a meaning behind every meeting. Or when we try to see too much into the future. We should try to let go of things more. Be patient. And keep our faith.
Has something significant happened in your life but it’s not making any sense right now? Let it go. Leave it. It will reveal its purpose at the right time.
I would surely not put my faith so entirely into fate as Kate Beckinsale’s character did – I mean, if I spent the best night of my life with somebody, I would certainly not leave it to the smallest of a chance that the paper bill with his phone number will one day magicaly end up in my hands if we are meant for each other… 🙂 Surely not!! I would hold on to that man and make sure we can meet again! But a certain surrender to the fate is what I believe makes our lives more magical – and gives us more freedom.
Just think of when the two characters tried to find each other – they tried so hard and the harder they tried the less success they had. Only when they’ve given up, or rather surrendered – only then they opened themselves to the magic – and that’s when it started to work for them.
Do yourself that favor too. Surrender. Let go. Sometimes trying too hard can be way counterproductive.
And above anything – never stop believing in magic! Life is full of surprises and little miracles. The best things happen when you least expect it 😉 Serendipity is here for everyone. And it’s the best part of our lives!
P.S. Isn’t it wonderful that this movie happens to be the favorite movie of Kate Beckinsale’s male fans? Who would have thought!! Turns out not only us ladies can be suckers for romance 😉 And that somehow gives me hope. Hope that this kind of serendipity could happen to me too, cause there are same fools as me looking for a fateful encounters 🙂 And also hopeless romantics! Oh! Come find me <3 😀