September 27, 2015

Everything Happens For A Reason: Serendipity (2001)

Are you one of those people that thinks that there are no coincidences? Well, I definitely am. I think that no matter how seemingly insignificant  or random something may appear to be in your life, it really is indicative of something more, something actually significant. And you should too, perhaps.

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Say, for example, you go to your favorite coffee shop and order your favorite drink, but for some strange reason they're out of the main ingredient. So, you're forced to order an alternative, but when you go to retrieve your drink you bump into this hot guy (or girl) that just so happened to order the very same thing. You two lock eyes and the rest is history.  Ok, as cheesy as that may seem/sound, it could happen. But more importantly, that's serendipity at its finest. A completely seemingly random event, like the coffee shop running out of the main ingredient for your favorite drink, turning into a benefit for you, like meeting some hot guy (or girl) that ends up becoming the love of your life (or at least a great love). See? Everything happens for reason, even if it has nothing to do with romance. The movie Serendipity (2001) is a great reminder of this important life lesson.

In the movie Serendipity (2001), Sara Thomas (Kate Beckinsale) and Jonathon Trager (John Cusack) find themselves experiencing more than just mutual attraction when they bump into each other for the first time in Bloomingdale's while shopping during the Christmas holidays. Despite both being involved with other people at the time, they decide to go have coffee at a little shop called Serendipity, and then go for a stroll in the park so they could spend some time together before having to go back to their lives. Things really get interesting when at the end of the night, upon their departure, Sara offers Jonathon her phone number on a piece of paper that just so happens to fly away when a buses passes by. Evidently, they weren't meant to be. At least not at that particular point in time. And while they seemingly moved on with their lives, they both never forgot about one another (and especially how the other made them feel). Fast forward several years later, unable to shake the other from memory they each try to force another serendipitous moment with the other, likely to avoid making the hard decisions to abandon their current relationships. When Sara and Jonathon finally give up on trying to find each other, that's when they find each other again, but not before being brave enough to properly walking away from their other relationships.

While this movie is a delightful romantic comedy that may even make you shed a tear by the end, it also serves as a great reminder to us all that everything happens for a reason. Like Sara and Jonathon in the movie, we could all take advantage of every seemingly random occurrence that happens in our lives, because it very well could then lead us to true happiness. And isn't that the ultimate goal anyway? So, go forth and seize all of the serendipitous moments in your life, and remember that every occurrence, no matter how seemingly small, is significant and represents a chance for true happiness.

Serendipity is currently available on Netflix.

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