October 14th, 2014 was when I was going to an engagement brunch to meet my close friend and her fiancé at the time. There were going to be other people there for this brunch. I didn’t know who was going to be there or if I knew anyone else attending. I remember wheeling into the restaurant and to my surprise there where people I knew! Some faces more familiar than others. As people mingled throughout the brunch, I threw in small asides to conversations and was personable to those around me but didn’t truly connect with anyone. Until my now good friend sat next to me. We seemed to gravitate towards each other as it had been years since we last saw each other. This brunch had allowed us to re-connect after years and I felt true serendipity. There was so much to catch up on. It seemed like so much lost time, chapters that passed before we could examine the pages together.
When I connected back with my friend, we started to hang out more regularly. Her presence in my life brought more optimism into my view on things. Seeing her was something I looked forward to. Serendipity is defined as the and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. This reconnection was indeed serendipitous. This was the best decision ever as our friendship really flourished from this point. Since then we have shared in memories that we have both created. She has been through a break up, a self-revival and is now preparing for her wedding next summer! My non-profit organization has flourished with her help. We have been through friendships coming and going, the death of some we were closest to and different life hardships and lessons.
Aside from the negative things, there have also been many positives. I now call her one of my best friends. We lean on each other for support. She has taught me how to take time out for myself, to find the simple joys in and encourages me to the best person I can be. Without this reconnection, I may have never been gifted these lessons. I truly am grateful to have her in my life and the things she has brought to I look forward to years of growing and learning from our friendship. If it wasn’t for the brunch and serendipity, I do not know where each other would be in our lives.