You guys have heard me say it before, I’m sure. If not then I’ll say it again, I love the concept of fate. It’s as intangible as anything can come, but I can’t help but feel that is there. The instances that have spurred this post may seem trivial to some of you, but they have meaning to me.
One of my favorite movies is “500 Days of Summer”. It is a movie about fate, love and soul mates. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor, and watch it. I love this movie because at the climax of the story the protagonist, Tom, begins to doubt his faith in fate and soul mates. At this point he undergoes a transformation of character, a paradigm shift if you will, and his mind stops focusing on his heartache and narrows it’s sights on the one true goal that he has stopped going after: a career as an architect and embracing the art he loves.
Anybody that knows me can tell you that I relate to Tom’s character more than any other character I’ve ever watched. This is why this is one of my favorite movies. In Tom, I see myself. In love with my craft, but to afraid to truly go after it.
Now, this instance by itself is not enough to spur me into action. Tom’s story, while it emotionally moves me, is still just a story. It doesn’t connect to anything. However, after watching it for the second time the other day, it did motivate me to start reading up on writing styles, techniques, etc. and so I picked up a book that has been long overdue for me to read, “On Writing” by Stephen King. Another thing, that if you haven’t taken the time to partake, you should. I haven’t finished reading it yet, but there is one message that King has made sure was inescapable to any reader, creativity and ideas don’t always come from within. Sometimes it takes two seemingly unrelated events or themes to create a fully developed idea.
Now flash forward, or back again depending on how you look at it, and I found myself watching “500 Days of Summer” for a third time, and finished it not but twenty minutes ago. However, as I was watching it, my computer monitor, sitting on my desk to the right of my entertainment stand, was flashing through my picture albums on it’s screensaver and an image appeared that triggered an idea in my mind. Here is the image.
These things, King’s ideal, the image and the movies idea of fate instantly clicked in my mind, and I tucked them all away until the end of the movie (sorry, it’s a good movie!). Afterwards I hopped on my PC here and instantly thought of starting up my story with this new breath of inspiration. But before I started writing, I thought about what I wanted my message about fate to be. I instantly thought of a quote that I vaguely remember hearing before about there being two types of fate. So, I instead turned to my browser.
Okay, so here’s the climax and the Grand Poobah of the story. I typed in Google, the phrase “quotes about two types of fate”, and guess what my top number one search result was for. It came from IMDB for the page for “500 Days of Summer”! You can imagine my instant reaction with euphoric exaltation.
I know it still might seem trivial, but it’s the small things that link the big things together. So, I encourage each of you to look around your life or the lives of those around you and find the themes that link everything together for you!