Chance Meeting: “the Platonic version of a Meet Cute, where the paths of two strangers intersect for any number of reasons and the grounds of some [type of] relationship begins.”
Anyone who has followed me or my blog over the years knows especially well that I favor in-person meetings, communications and beginnings over any form of electronic ones. Yes, I am old school in the way that I fancy a chance meeting over a swipe right. I am pure hearted in the way that I can take a long glance into the eyes of a stranger far better than I can take a heart-eyed emoji over Instagram.
And so, when I unexpectedly encountered a very pleasant, funny, and equally accomplished person, I was intrigued. Now, during our whole initial encounter I made it very clear, as I often do, that I am on a break (a year long break) from any forms of relationships—be it a friendship or otherwise. I made it clear that I have the memory of a dead fly and that, after said encounter, I would likely never think their name again.
Karma works in hilarious ways, however, and I have not since forgotten, and all that I can think about is the fact that I was just so sure that I would forget this person! 🙄
Think The Holiday where Jude Law’s character, Graham, accidentally meets Cameron Diaz’s character, Amanda. That was certainly an unexpected meeting as Graham had only attempted to visit his sister while in his drunken state, but instead found Amanda. From there an authentic attraction began. Ah, the power of the chance meeting…
Another favorite is The Notebook where Ryan Gosling’s character, Noah, climbs onto a ferris wheel in order to ask Rachel McAdams’ character, Allie, on a date that she initially does not want to go on. We all know how that story goes!
And I can’t fail to mention one of my favorite meet cutes from The Greatest Showman where Zac Efron’s character, Phillip Carlyle, sees Zendaya’s character, Anne Wheeler, for the first time—instant connection.
Now, what one is supposed to do with a chance meeting? I have NO idea. I just know that it becomes a pleasantly annoying thing that either lingers or pops up in your thoughts whenever is most inconvenient. Apart from that, I like that someone has the ability to fill your mind with good thoughts of a chance encounter. It’s like a piece of goodness that I’ll get to take with me until the day that I finally forget.
I oftentimes hope that I make that same impression on people that I meet. BUT, before we get too distracted, this post is all about appreciating the chance meetings!
So often it’s the case that we don’t slow down enough to appreciate having met someone. We forget to appreciate our beginnings because we are so focused on what could be. Our thoughts go straight to trapping this person or smothering this person before we even know their basic information! Slow down guys! Appreciate meeting and getting to know people.
This meeting could have been the thing that has sparked my appreciation for chance meetings, I DON’T KNOW, but I do realize that these meetings are life’s constant reminders to open your eyes, use your heart, and make actual conversation with people! I, of course, look forward to seeing more of this person, and after careful thought, I will definitely be more present in our moments and also more appreciative.
Gotta love the Meet Cute…