A few weeks ago, I wrote about one of Adam Rippon’s Olympic performances. Here it is, if you don’t remember. While I was super caught up in the music of the second half of his routine, I mentioned that I recognized the first song from the movie The Theory of Everything. If you’re not familiar with it, the film came out in 2014 and is about Stephen Hawking. If you’ve not heard already, that brilliant man passed away overnight. I take the time to mention this because of the coincidental timing. I’ve made a habit of noticing when details like this overlap in my life– recognizing when a theme or detail comes full circle.
If you re-read the article that I hyperlinked in the second sentence of this post, the nuance “full circle” may sound familiar. That would be because in the same post in which I absentmindedly referenced Stephen Hawking, I also wrote that Chris Martin and I have the same tattoo– both an ode to life’s tendency to come full circle. Moreover, the song “O” (the Coldplay song which follows the Stephen Hawking song in Adam Rippon’s routine) isn’t really an “o” at all, rather a complete circle– ie. the full circle tattoo. Pretty neat, huh?
I’ve picked up on details like this for as long as I can remember. When I share them with others, the response is typically a pessimistic definition of coincidence. While valid, the frequency at which I have moments such as this leads me to believe that they’re not coincidental at all. In fact, I would argue that nothing is a coincidence. How empty a phenomenon coincidence actually is. You could say life is just a series of coincidences, that they are nothing more than that; but, can you wholeheartedly say you think that you’re randomly living in this place where nothing is connected and meaning is nowhere? Like, if you’re dead-set on living that way, far be it from me to stop you, but I do think you’re missing the principle of everything. THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING. Full circle, guys. Synchronicity is everywhere, it is terribly thought provoking, and I highly recommend you start acknowledging it.
On Monday, I mentioned that I would write about the revelation that I don’t trust myself. I felt confident that I would have new thoughts on this because of my Tuesday night therapy. While I fully intended to unpack that in my session last night, we went in a slightly different direction. Same direction, I guess, but small steps.
Last night my therapist recommended that we do this activity. We don’t do activities often because the premise seems a bit kitchy, but she did well selling me on this one. She told me about this book called:
As we didn’t have a ton of time to unpack the results once we had them, I’m sure you’ve got a better summary coming your way next week. What I’d like to mention now is that the test showed that my most dominant character trait is self-confidence. Uh, what? I’m self-confident, but don’t trust myself? Yup. They’re both true.
Allow me to remind you that my birthdate denotes that I am a Scorpio, and Scorpios are often described as raging contradictions. That means that this psychological test, which has nothing to do with astrology, accurately pegged my most and least dominant character traits. Once unpacked, these are the same traits that astrology predicts I will have. And “coincidences” like this, friends, is why I started to take the stars seriously. The Universe is so complexly intertwined and under-appreciated. Stephen Hawking understood that. Full circle, y’all.