Timing is Everything.

Timing is everything. Whether or not you believe in fate or destiny, it just is. A split second can impact your life, your death, love, or health. Think about it. The moment you had your first collision on the school playground, the time you won that roulette game in Vegas, the instant you first locked eyes on the person you were going to marry, or when you realized that you had just missed the ride in the car that crashed. Milli-seconds that change your world.

Just the other day, my younger sister told me that a boy at her school was killed. He was outside, riding his bike, when a car struck him. He was a senior varsity soccer player, due to graduate and start his life. He could have been in doors watching television. He could have turned the corner right before it happened. But he didn't. No rhyme or reason. And because of that butterfly effect, he's gone. One second, that's all it takes.

A friend of mine was just a teenager when she met the love of her live. She was invited to a mutual friends party, but going was the last thing on her mind. After all, she had acne, frizzy hair, and a low self esteem to match. Friends dragged her to the celebration, and she went along hesitantly. When she arrived, she sat in the corner unassumingly, and waited for the night to end. But someone noticed her - the guy who would one day be her husband. It turns out he felt like quite the outcast too, and found the perfect girl to keep him company. She could have been home that night. He could have noticed other girls dancing. But they met, for whatever reason. And the rest is history, as they say.

Lately, I've been watching a lot of foreign films. One of my all time favorite being Amelie, with it's soundtrack by the brilliant composer, Yann Tiersen. The topic of timing pops up a lot in the film. Amelie is a young lady, who grew up isolated and lonely, living in a cartoon-y version of present day Paris. After a childhood filled with loss and abandonment, she retreats into her own imagination and wonderment. Amelie vows to not only create her own existence, but to manipulate the lives and destiny of those around her. A modern day fairy, if you will.

Amelie does what many of us forget we have the power to do. She creates moments in time, controlling life to the best of her ability. A lovely and quirky story indeed, Amelie reminds me that fate may or may not be in our hands. But that doesn't mean we can't try to meet it half way. We can only act as if. As if we can take that extra step, say those words, change something that may not be in our control. What may be, will be in the end. I wont ruin the story, but Amelie wasn't able to plan perfectly either. None of us are. Things happen, but it's up to us to do what comes before, and what comes next. And by doing so, we must stay present.

"The past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions" - Eckhart Tolle

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