Reintroduction of Serendipity

Given that today is Thanksgiving, albeit a Hallmark-driven holiday, I figured it would be the right time to reintroduce my blog’s theme, “serendipity”. It is times like these, when you reflect on what you are thankful for, that you realize how much these fortunate accidents tend to shape your life for the better.

I originally stumbled across this word when watching the movie, Serendipity (which is a great holiday movie, by the way!), starring Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack.

Jonathan: This is the ultimate blend to drink. How’d you find this place?

Sara: I first came in because of the name: Serendipity. It’s one of my favorite words.

Jonathan: It is? Why?

Sara: It’s such a nice sounding word for what it means: a fortunate accident.

After this film, I began to witness how “serendipity” truly plays a character in our daily lives – and for all those times I can count, the outcome is always better.

An example? My Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP) minor at UCLA. I had known from the moment I started college that I wanted to minor in Applied Developmental Psychology. However, when I applied my sophomore year, I wasn’t accepted and I was absolutely heart-broken. Along with the disappointment, I wasn’t too keen on applying soon after. Less than a year later, however, while busy with plans to study abroad in the summer, I decided to apply last-minute on a whim. I’m not sure what consumed me, but despite the application being due the following day, I just knew I had to get it in. So in less than 24 hours, I contacted and received a spur-of-the-moment letter of recommendation from my 5th grade teacher and mentor (thank you, Mrs. Burke!) and was able to submit in a complete application. Two weeks later, I was offered a spot for the Summer 2012 cohort.

Spontaneity for the win, right? And sure, my plans for studying abroad were scratched. But as my good friend, Diana, noted today when I saw her, there’s always tomorrow. Back in high school, we planned on going to Spain together. Maybe that’s meant to be or maybe we’ll find our way there through some alternate path. While I advocate studying abroad in college, it just wasn’t in the books for me; but what I got out of my minor is priceless. Along with all the interactions with the children, I have met some of the most remarkable people through this minor. Some outside of my cohort, who supported me when I struggled to fulfill pre-med requirements and my minor requirements by overlapping classes and taking the maximum amount of units (thank you, Yujia!). And some inside my cohort, including one of my good friends post-graduation, Marina. I mention Marina because I had dinner with her a few weeks back. And it was then that I thoroughly explained to her about everything that went down with Columbia. Without hesitation, criticism, or disbelief, she simply said the following phrase. A phrase that was reiterated by my former partner-in-crime, Jessica, who I met up with this week,

“I feel like you’re doing you”

And that’s what I am thankful for – being surrounded by friends and family who understand where my true passions lie and are willing to believe in my dreams. I have done some crazy things in the past, but despite all that, they all have faith in me. My father, my mother, my sister. My advisors, mentors, and role models. My best friends from 4th grade, my friends from college and my friends in high school. Now I just need faith in myself, in my destiny, as I make my way towards medical school.

Along with Diana, I reconnected with Tim, a friend who will one day be one of the most powerful motivational speakers out there. He wrote this great gratitude speech, so while you’re dealing with that post-dinner food coma, check it out. In short, I am thankful for my failures along with successes. Without them, I would not be where I am today. If I wasn’t rejected the first time, I would have never met the people I did in my cohort in ADP. To sum it up, I am thankful for serendipity.

In gratitude,

A.

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Everything Happens For A Reason

So I’m not going to lie. My self-esteem took a blow when I didn’t get Entertainment Chair for Relay Board in our Colleges Against Cancer club. It wasn’t necessarily the fact that I didn’t get it (because believe me, I have been through so many situations where I end up not getting what I want or applied for). But I think it was because I had a gut feeling that I had no chance. It sucks when connections and favoritism take over. Ah well.

tumblr_l393jdyMy31qzbfzao1_250But then on Friday, I found out that I had been offered a position for our Campus Events Commission. And not only for any category, but for FILMS :D I get to call agencies and hold special sneak previews of movies months in advance and $2 movie nights! And what’s even more unbelievable, is that unlike CAC, CEC (haha) is widely-known throughout campus if not the entire Bruin WORLD. I mean, this organization is 45 years old and had guest speakers such as Martin Luther King Jr. come as well as awesome bands and singers. Therefore tons of people apply and I get to be a part of it next year (:

Now here’s the catch: to be a “filmsie” on CEC, I have to make sure my Tuesdays are free from 6-8 pm. CAC usually has its meetings on Tuesday from 6-7 pm. Therefore, if I DID get Entertainment Chair, I would have had to give up CEC all together.

So moral of this story? Good things HAPPEN. And usually just around the corner of a bad road. And sometimes these bad events happen for a REASON. What’s that you say? SERENDIPITY? I think so. (:

<3 A.

Fortunate Accident

It has been about six full months since I created this blog, using it as an outlet to convey my thoughts and emotions. And it all began with the simple word ‘serendipity’. It seems pretty crazy that I have created an identity out of this word, especially since there are billions of words out there to choose from. And yet, at times when I forget the significance, the word reappears in my life, proving why it is the name of my blog, my screenname, and just about everything else.

Part of being human is making mistakes and having accidents here and there in order to help us learn and grow. Without these screw-ups, we simply wouldn’t be human at all. Therefore, every accident that happenPhoto0082s in life, all those “wrongs”, ultimately result to that perfect “right”. Does that mean those accidents were not actually fatal but more fortunate? And if that’s true, does that mean the word ‘serendipity’ runs through each and every one of our lives twenty-four/seven? I believe so, which is why, when it comes down to it, I wouldn’t want to change anything in my life. And I don’t think I would want to go back in the past, however much there are times when it seems like I should. Because I believe that every step we make, regardless of whether it is a right or wrong step, leads up closer to that ultimate prize, the meaning of life.Photo0118

Haha, even though the word ‘serendipity’ has such a deep meaning, it doesn’t mean it is purely spiritual. As I said in my first post, the word ‘serendipity’ has inspired many things such as movies, novels, restaurants, and more. During my recent trip to Las Vegas, I saw the restaurant Serendipity 3 and immediately thought of the famous restaurant in New York. Thinking that this store would channel the authenticity of its predecessor, I went in only to find out that this restaurant was nothing more than a tourist attraction. While it had the signature item of Serendipity: frozen hot chocolate,  this restaurant fed off the amusement of the crowd rather than inspire. So was it an accident to come in? I think not! Because being in that restaurant has only fueled my desire to see New York even more and who knows what wonders the city will hold when I finally do visit it. (: Alas, a fortunate accident.

So to celebrate the six months of running this blog, I give you the movie trailer from one of my favorite movies: Serendipity. Enjoy (:

<3 A.

Bienvenue

Hi kids (:

So yeah, Ivana kinda sparked up this idea of getting a blog, but it was after reading Rebecca’s blog that I realized I should definitely get one. I mean, how else will I be able to vent/release all those hidden emotions when I’m off in college and my “rocks” can’t be contacted? So your first thought might be, why not make up a journal/diary then? Well . . . when I was younger, I used to, but my mother would always find it, read it, chastise me for it, etc. So I grew up afraid of exposing myself in that way. *So the internet offers more privacy? -.-* Well it provides a little more freedom . . which god knows I need. So yeah, welcome to my blog (:

Serendipity. Such a strange word and yet it sums up my life: accidentally discovering something great. I first learned about the word when I watched the movie (http://www.answers.com/topic/serendipity-film) – haha, Answers.com, such a greatsite . . . wayyy better than Wikipedia in my opinion. Anyway, so I looked up the word and I realized that it held such a beautiful meaning.

So it’s just a single word – big deal right? But like I said before, in more ways than one, I feel connected to it. It’s one of those unexplainable things . . . or I could just be plain mental -.-.

But an example? The word derives from ‘Serendip’, the old Persian name for Sri Lanka

So who knows what my life has in store for me? . . . we’ll see (:

<3 A.