Serendipity, to me, is a sort of euphoric state. It means being in a harsh world yet feeling like nothing can touch you or hurt you. It is a state I am certain everyone yearns to feel. If you have in fact been fortunate enough to feel it, you often want to be transported back to the moment when you felt that way or are left wondering when you will feel it again. There are two specific instances in life in which I have felt this sort of high. The first is when I attend concerts. For some many years, music was there for me when I was struggling to be human. It would always make me feel more secure and comfortable in my own skin. Most of all, it cemented the fact that I was never alone in my feelings. It is always a comforting feeling when you know others have lived along the same lines of struggles as you have. It teaches you the valuable lesson that pain is indeed a universal feeling.
When you see your favorite artists in concert, you tend to really bring all those hard situations back into your mind and can remember how those songs helped you through something terrible. There is something therapeutic and serendipitous about singing the songs at the top of your lungs with no care in the world. You don’t care who is watching or listening (and I have a horrible voice!!) There is just a feeling that nothing horrible matters. You’re so lost in the music that everything seems perfect. Just for one night. It is one of the most powerful experiences I have ever seen and felt.
The other feeling that has me on cloud nine is love. As humans and general participants in life, we feel a spectrum of emotions. They are complicated and hard to explain, but one thing is certain, there is a feeling for every instance in life. When you love someone, and they love you back, it is one of the most satisfying feelings. We work so hard to make a difference in the world, and when we seeing it paying off in the form of security and comfort, there is nothing better. Love is inexplicable, however, the feeling you get on the inside makes me you feel like you could soar in the sky for hours with nothing touching you. That is serendipity. Even though the aforementioned things are two grounded examples of what makes me feel free, there can also be many other examples that are more simplistic. Watching the sun rise in the morning and the sun set in the evening. Watching your favorite movie on a Friday night with a bag of your favorite popcorn. Marrying your best friend. Life can be tragic and hard, but for every hard and tragic scene, there is one that brings you unforeseen happiness and light. The kind of instance where you finally feel the chains rolling down your back. The ones that kept you locked up and grounded for so long, and you are finally free to be yourself. Shine your light brightly and proudly because no one else can do it for you. Serendipity. Allow yourself to truly feel it.