Serendipity

Do you believe in fate? Do you believe that someone is out there who is truly meant for you?

I’ve just watched the movie Serendipity and I admit, it made my heart flutter! If you haven’t watched it, it’s about two people who were tested by fate. The girl, Sara, believed in fate while the guy, Jonathan, was hesitant to believe in such thing.

By the way, if you haven’t watched the movie and you don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading!

Jonathan and Sara accidentally met at a department store during a busy season. They only bonded for a few hours that night and sort of fell in love with each other right away. However, they both had relationships that time and it felt wrong so they didn’t pursue what they wanted. They didn’t even tell each other their whole names. Instead, they let fate take the wheel. Sara wrote her full name and number on a book, while Jonathan wrote likewise but on a five dollar bill. Sara sold the book to a local bookstore and she used the money to purchase something. If they were to come across with the bill and the book again, then it’s fate telling them to be together. Sounds absurd, right?!

Serendipity (2001) - IMDb

After that night, they drifted apart and three years later, they were both planned to get married with their respective partners. However, few days before their weddings they noticed something strange. Deep inside, they were both unwilling to get married and then they remembered each other.

Jonathan did all sorts of things to find clues to learn the identity of Sara, while Sara went to New York expecting to meet Jonathan. On the night before Jonathan’s wedding day, his fiancée, Halley, gave him a groom’s gift and guess what? It was the book that Sara wrote on! Jonathan had been searching for that book for the past three years and Halley knew about it hence the gift. Talk about coincidence!!

Sara, on the other hand, was on the plane leaving New York hours before Jonathan’s wedding. The stewardess offered her a headset and as she reached out to her purse, she noticed that it was not her purse but her friend’s. Their purses were similar and they got swapped. She took a five dollar bill from the purse anyway and handed it to the stewardess. However, she noticed that the five dollar bill had something written on it and when she checked, it was the one that Jonathan wrote on! Sara got off the plane immediately and searched for Jonathan using his information written on the bill.

Jonathan called off the wedding. I genuinely felt sorry for the bride, honestly. I mean, Halley loved Jonathan but he could not just love her back the same way. If not for the book, Jonathan would’ve married Halley.

Jonathan and Sara finally met again on the night of the same day. ❤

To be honest, if what happened to Jonathan happened to me, I’m not sure if I have the guts to call off the wedding even if I saw the book. It would break my fiancée’s heart and I don’t think I can handle it. But anyway, I guess I won’t understand the feeling entirely unless those coincidences happened to me as well.

I guess the message of the movie is to never settle for someone who you don’t really love. As they say, never settle for less. But even if you ended up with the person who you truly love and he/she feels the same way for you, it doesn’t mean that it will all be perfect. Relationships need constant effort to make it work. Love is still a decision and not just a feeling.

So yes, I believe in fate but I also believe that we have free will. In the end, the choices that we make will make up our life story. I have my own stories to tell about fate but let’s leave it for another time. 🙂

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