By Chance



This past Friday night was one for the books.  My boyfriend and I had just finished watching the movie The Adjustment Bureau which oddly enough was about fate and free will. Some believe that everyone has their own divine plan in life and must be followed exactly but sometimes we deviate from it, follow our hearts and create our own path.  I won’t give away too much about the movie but I highly recommend it.  So anyway, Rob and I decided to go grab a drink somewhere before heading home.  We randomly walked by this place we had never been before; it was called Anyway Café.  The thing that really drew us in was the sound of the piano we heard from outside and the amazing voice of Jennifer Jade.  We walked in, sat down and ordered two glasses of red wine.  It was perfect.  The ambiance was dark with the exception of flickering candles.  Jennifer’s voice was so soothing as she sang ‘Round Midnight originally played by Thelonious Monk.  Rob, being the music enthusiast that he is, sung along in a low whisper and closed his eyes while feeling the music.  My mind felt peaceful and still; cleared of any distractions to just enjoy the moment.

As Jennifer sung the last note of the song and the crowd of about 10 people applauded her, she turned to our table enthusiastically saying “do you know how to sing?!!!”.  We both were caught by surprise especially Rob as he hesitantly answered yes.  In a blink of an eye she grabbed Rob by the hand and led him to the microphone and cheered him on to sing something.  Totally out of the blue, Rob was put on the spot but his love for performing and music would not let him say no.  He made his way to the front of the room and belted out Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called To Say I Love You”.  I watched on as he sung every note and immersed himself into a zone that only his passion could bring out.  I can’t describe how amazing that moment was; to see him at his absolute best doing what he loves.  The happiness I felt in my heart was bursting at the seams.

Sometimes life leads you down a path that is completely different than what your heart wants but no matter how far you go, your passions will never leave you.  Time after time you may find that the opportunity to act out your passion always comes back to you.  Rob taught me that night what it means to be in the moment and follow your heart despite any fears.  We are presented with choices at every moment that sometimes require us to take action spontaneously.  And in that moment, let go of the inhibitions and fears, allow the heart to take over, and make it do what it do.

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Ariane