I have seen many movies where things happen that make me think, “that could never happen in real life.” For example, in “You got Mail” Meg Ryan’s character, Kathleen has an email buddy. She really likes him and he really likes her, but they don’t know each other’s real identities. In real life, they are actually enemies. Tom Hank’s character, Joe, is driving Kathleen out of business. They hate each other, but then they fall in love and realize that the whole time they knew each other. I think that situation is very unlikely.
Serendipity is another movie that’s just unlikely . Sarah and Thomas meet and they like each other. Sarah happens to be really superstitious, so she tells Thomas to write his name and number on a dollar bill and she wrote her info on a book that she traded at a book stand. If they found those items, it meant they were supposed to be together. Eventually, they end up finding those items and each other after a few years.
Movies like these are awesome because they are cute and romantic, but they are also frustrating because those situations never really happen in real life…or do they?
I’ve had certain situations happen to me where its too crazy to think its a coincidence, but it is pure, unadulterated coincidence. Yesterday, I was at a cafe emailing people that I got assigned to work on a group with. I don’t know who these people are. But one of the girls sent me her number. I called her and I introduced myself and then she asked me, “are you right next to me??” I turned around and we were sitting right next to each other! What are the odds of that?
I had another situation many years ago. I was on vacation and I met this guy. We were talking and he told me he was going to be in NYC five months from that day. So jokingly we said we would meet then, but we didn’t exchange contact information or anything. Five months later I totally forgot about him, I’m walking around the Macy’s by 34th street, when all of a sudden someone pulls at my sleeve behind me. Its that guy! He wasn’t my soul mate or anything, actually that was the last time I saw him. But it is still amazing how sometimes unlikely cliche things can actually happen in real life.