Is being in the right place at the right time something we can master? Or does it all come down to a splash of chance, a bout of good luck, fate? I often wonder if everything is predetermined, if this path I’m on was decided the minute I popped out into the world, or if I am where I am today because of the choices I made and the control I have over these choices. To be honest, I have no idea and if I ponder this philosophical stuff for too long I just get even more confused. But I do like to believe that I’m a little bit in control, but also that something bigger, more powerful, helps to sway my decisions and give me a little push on to the right path.
Last weekend I was hiking with a few friends on the mountain near my apartment. As we huffed and puffed our way up the thousands of stairs (nature, yeah right!), I was chatting to my friend about how I want to put myself out there a bit more this year, with regards to my career and passions. I told her that I should probably get in touch with the guy from Shanghai who is in animation and who I’d previously had a meeting with the month before. Right after this conversation we spotted a pagoda on the top of the mountain and crawled up to take a rest and an obligatory photo of the hazy view from above. One of our more ‘fit’ friends had already jogged up the stairs of the pagoda and was happily chatting away to a group of American guys about cameras. My friend called me over and said “what a coincidence, these guys also work in animation.” As we introduced ourselves, I discovered that they are here to make a big film and are currently in pre-production. They are pretty big in the animation industry back in the USA, and even more coincidentally they all happen to live in exactly the same apartment complex as me. Lucky for me, my friend had one of my business cards crumpled up in the bottom of his bag. Now I have the opportunity to meet with these guys next month! How flipping cool. Networking in nature. I think that could become a thing…
You really never know who you’re going to meet and where, or when. That’s why life is so crazily exciting! There are opportunities around every corner, you just need to open your eyes and not be afraid to talk to people. Oh yeah and after I met those guys in the pagoda, the guy from Shanghai messaged me inviting me to an animation networking fair in Shanghai. Like exactly five minutes after I said I should contact him. Um, hello Universe, you really are listening to everything, aren’t you?! So maybe it’s not all about being in the right place at the right time, but more about being in the right frame of mind. I acknowledged my wishes and desires and the Universe delivered. She (the Universe) didn’t hand a beautiful career to me on a golden platter, but she she did serve up a nice big serving of opportunity, with a side of networking for good measure, and I can do with that as I please.
I was talking to my Mum about it last week and she said “That’s life. You wait for the bus for ages, and then suddenly they all come at once.” It’s good though, as I was starting to think January was just like any old month, and then suddenly “hello opportunities!” Getting out of your comfort zone and adventuring a little is a sure-fire way to meet some new faces, and you never know where that might lead. Keep an open mind and if your heart is telling you to go to Iceland this summer, do it! (I wish!). Maybe there’s a reason why you’re supposed to go there at that exact moment. I always follow my heart, and most of the time it goes well, but really if it’s telling you to take that particular road because there’s a beautiful tree at the end of it, or telling you to choose the Thai restaurant over the Japanese one, listen to it! You might end up sitting next to your future business partner, or your future lover or you might just eat some of the most delicious food of your life, either way there’s a reason you’re meant to be there.
Don’t question things too much, don’t over-analyse. If a decision feels right in your heart, chances are it is right. Our hearts are wise little things and combined with an open mind and a positive outlook, you can make any situation feel like the right one. This weekend follow your heart! If your heart whispers to you to try a new cafe for breakfast, do it. If it tells you to lie in bed all day and read that book you’ve been meaning to start forever, don’t hesitate to listen.
Your heart, it knows.
How beautiful is this artwork by Christian Schloe. I am in love with ALL of his work, wow! I think maybe my head really is filled with butterflies…