Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cliches and Greek Mythology

Fate. Destiny. Happenstance. Kismet. Serendipity.

All words synonymous with things happening at no control of our own. Happy accidents, predetermined chains of events.

Do only rose-colored-glasses wearing holy-rollers fall prey to these definitions? Can former cynics and everyday realists slip into the hands of the elusive Moira as the ancient Greeks once believed?

There is that ever clichéd saying that "Everything happens for a reason". People use this ad nausea when things in life throw you curveballs. Good, bad or ugly, those idiom spewing people that surround you live by the phrase. They may or may not believe it, but they say it nonetheless. Possibly hoping that it's vague explanation helps ease the unexplainable.

And it covers a litany of things. Death, illness, heartache. It covers new jobs, loves and babies. It casts its air of possibility over all that you see, do and feel and makes an excuse that everything will indeed turn out ok in the end.

I am not the holiest of people. I think there is something out there that is far greater than I could ever care to understand sure, but I don't know that I think it's just one Head Honcho, macking out in Cloud City, making dreams come true and smiting the bad people. I believe in Karma and trying to do good things. I also think if you do bad things it comes back on your worse, eventually.

I suppose the word Agnostic pretty much can sum things up for me in the whole religion department. I am not one to judge those who believe what they do, but I don't know that I believe it either. Then again…

So in my on-the-fence take on spirituality, here I am being thrust into the hands of Serendipity (and not just one of my favorite John Cusack movies).

Trying to make heads or tails of the whole idea of things being fated. Of certain aspects of life being meant to be. Of happening for whatever the reasons.

As many hardships as I've been through I can probably say honestly (and in yet another over used clichéd way) that it has made me who I am. And not for nothing, but I think (most of the time) I am pretty freaking fabulous (enough so I piss glitter, obviously).

Am I perfect? Far from it, but as a whole I think I'm a pretty good person. I work hard; I generally put other's needs before my own. I don't like to lie (which is good since I pretty much suck at it), I don't cheat or steal. I have the world's guiltiest conscience. Although if someone hurt anyone I cared about, I would go to great lengths to make their lives a living hell, but I don't think that necessarily makes me a horrible person.

But then that whole fate thing.

You try to plan things, and random nuisances get in the way. Little obstacles that make you rethink the direction you were headed. Nothing crazy like a train wreck, but just small inconveniences.

That inkling in the back of your mind that maybe something somewhere is trying to tell you something. It makes no sense to you at the time. It could be the world's worst possible time for something, but yet some tiny modicum of that destinial feeling creeps in. Maybe this is supposed to happen? Maybe the unplanned is part of the plan?

There's a new movie coming out in a SciFi-esque manner that there are people controlling everything behind the scenes. That fate is ultimately up to these powers that be living in some sort of Matrix-like alter existence, pulling the strings of your life like puppeteers.

I wonder.


  1. As you may have gathered from some of my stuff, I'm one of those folks who says, "Everything happens for a reason." And I truly do believe it.

    Now, can I state for a fact the reasons why these things happens? No, not by a longshot. But I do believe there's a reason.

    Why do I believe that? Because, if it isn't so, then all is just random nonsense and pain, in the long run. And, if it is that, then what's the point in going on? If all we're headed for is some upsetting and dissolution of whatever we work for, why bother?

    I find that believing in there being a reason is the most logical course.

    Sorry - just my two cents. If it helps, good. If not, well, no good reason :-)

  2. Is there something going on in the Bay State? You and =]V[= post similar posts almost simultaneously... well, on the same day.
    I think we're all looking for answers on how to trudge the Road to Happy Destiny. All I know is there are no shortcuts and each of us follows a slightly different path.

  3. Wow, that really is pretty ironic... I've nevre even really considered sharing my thoughts until this morning either.

    I LOVE the idea that there's a reason for everything to happen, though I'm not certain I believe it. It'd be nice to think there aren't horrible occurence for no good reason... I think at very least, believing that there IS a reason helps people to find the good in a bad situation... So even if it's wrong, and I'm not saying it is, cause I have no idea, the effect is a good thing... No harm, no foul.

    Great post. :)

  4. I more-or-less gave you an award over at my place. If you're anything like me, I'm in trouble.

  5. Everything does happen for a reason! Great site I'm going to be back

  6. Wow, you really are fabulous. Saw you on the FLOB feature and I'm now following you. I'm a Northerner too (Bangor, Maine yo!). Stop over at Well to Do and see me sometime!


  7. I found you on For The Love of Blogs and thought I'd tag you in this writing meme/blog award called "7 Facts." If you choose to partake, go to to see the rules and copy the picture for your blog. Congratulations!

  8. Thanks for the nom...I can absolutely and whole heartedly relate to this post. I honestly believe in the theory of the universe and even though hardships can really push and pull us there are reasons as to why we are given these little inconveniences. to make us better individuals? Only time will tell.'ve got a new follower :)


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