Serendipity - the means or the end in itself?
I watched this movie for the first time tonight. (how could I watch it just now?! when all the rest have watched it for like a 100 times already, huh? haha!) And yes, they were all right. Hhmmm.. It's one of those make-you-believe-in-happy-endings-movies. I get it. We all wish for happy endings, don't we? Winning a prince's heart like Kate or just merely ending up with the one we love living in sheer bliss. But which do we give credit for happy endings? Destiny? Serendipity? Or simply our choices? Yes, I still believe that there is such thing called Serendipity/Destiny. I like how the movie differentiates the 2 as: "When love feels like magic, it’s called Destiny. When destiny has a sense of humor, It’s called Serendipity." To me, I believe that there is indeed one person I would call as my "match made in heaven" or "soulmate" or "God's best" all meant as that one person with whom my life is so intertwined from the beginning that even the universe conspires to make us end up with each other. [as the movie puts it "They say that once in your lifetime someone comes along whom you’re absolutely meant to be with."] But I know that my choices will still play a part in shaping my destiny. As fate provides for avenues and chances it still is up to us to choose what to do with these chances. As in the movie, had Sarah or Jonathan not called off their weddings, they would not have ended up with each other. Or is it because their hearts somehow knew who it's meant for in the end hence the choices. Now I am confused here. Haha!
The movie also reminded me of a song I sang on my elder sister's wedding "Born for you" by David Pomeranz. (Haha! That was so long ago. It's like from the Jurassic Age or something already.) And it's kinda suggestive of how Destiny can be so powerful as to leave us with no other choice but to succumb to its mandates. Hays. Now it makes me think which is rather the higher force: Destiny or Love? Getting more complicated huh? Whatever! When it happens I'll know. Well, as for me, one thing's for sure: that there is one Great Guy up there looking after my heart's desire: God knows best! No less. :)
Below are my favorite lines from the movies and the song.
"If we are to live life in harmony with the universe – we all must possess a powerful faith in what the ancients used to call fatem, what we currently refer to as destiny."
"Thats what happens when people get involved with all that New Age crap… they spend the rest of their lives sitting at home burning candles for Mr.Right, when Mr. Good-Enough-For-Right-Now is sitting at the local bar."
"Dean: Jonathan Trager, prominent television producer for ESPN, died last night from complications of losing his soul mate and his fiancee. He was 35 years old. Soft-spoken and obsessive, Trager never looked the part of a hopeless romantic. But, in the final days of his life, he revealed an unknown side of his psyche. This hidden quasi-Jungian persona surfaced during the Agatha Christie-like pursuit of his long reputed soul mate, a woman whom he only spent a few precious hours with. Sadly, the protracted search ended late Saturday night in complete and utter failure. Yet even in certain defeat, the courageous Trager secretly clung to the belief that life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidences. Uh-uh. But rather, its a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite, sublime plan. Asked about the loss of his dear friend, Dean Kansky, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and executive editor of the New York Times, described Jonathan as a changed man in the last days of his life. "Things were clearer for him," Kansky noted. Ultimately Jonathan concluded that if we are to live life in harmony with the universe, we must all possess a powerful faith in what the ancients used to call "fatum", what we currently refer to as destiny. "
"BORN FOR YOU"
Too many billion people
Running around the planet What is the chance in heaven That you'd find your way to me? Tell me what is this sweet sensation? It's a miracle that's happened Though I search for an explanation Only one thing it could be -
It was written in the stars
Yes, I was born for you
And the choice was never ours
It's as if the powers of the universe
Conspired to make you mine
And til the day I die,
I bless the day that I was born for you
That I was born for you