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June 10th, 2011

Coincidence, or not?

 
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annie-coincidences-largeThe more I talk with Monica and Farrah about our career paths over the past few months, the harder it is to believe in coincidences. Instead, I find myself realizing more and more that God must have a hand in all of this. How else would we have wound up living in Brooklyn together and writing about these experiences and constant questions we have day-to-day?

I’m sure Monica has a lot to say about Oprah’s final episode last week, but one topic that she touched upon that struck me was that we should all listen to that whisper we hear (God) guiding us toward the right path. When we hear that voice and ignore it, our lives go off course. Often, it takes a huge meltdown and everything in your life turned upside down to realize it’s time to follow that voice.

I graduated four years ago and remember one specific moment I had when running into a former high school teacher of mine at our local bookstore. I was paging through the latest issue of Rolling Stone, thinking of stories to pitch them in hopes to work there after college. You know that look you get when someone thinks you’re crazy? Well he did one of those and simply said, “Good luck, Annie.” Obviously skeptical of my high hopes.

I wish I could say that was my last encounter with people doubting my career choices and ambitions, but it only got harder. But, for some reason, I always had that nagging desire to prove the world wrong and figure out how to make my passion for music also my job. Four years later, I’ve interned and freelanced for some of my dream publications (including Rolling Stone) and still have that childhood excitement after interviewing my favorite bands. While I know this career isn’t the easiest path one could take, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. There isn’t a moment I don’t thank God for allowing me to follow my heart.

Do you believe in coincidences?

 
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The Author : Annie Reuter
Annie Reuter, is a freelance writer and music blogger who covers concerts and music festivals around the country. In constant pursuit of the next show to attend and band to interview, Annie keeps up her own music blog, You Sing, I Write, where she uncovers what it's really like to spend the day with a rock star.
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  • AnitaH

    Nope. I think many tImes God puts us in certain situations. What we do from that point is our free will. Or we may be in a certain situation of our own free will & stay in it because we don’t see the way out God is giving us. The two work hand in hand. It can’t be all one way or the other

  • Bruce in Kansas

    What helps me is to understand God’s job is to make everything reality. Being outside of time, He keeps everything in being. While that is certainly mysterious, it makes accidental coincidence incomprehensible. Of course things happen that way on purpose. What God’s purpose is, well that’s a horse of a different color…

  • James Leo Oliver

    I would recommend Audry Assad as one of your next assignments in the music world.

  • Gaby

    It’s just so hard to try and recognize the signs and listen to that voice when you’re right in the midst of it. So much of a young person’s present (and I’m a young person, currently in college) is focused on the future- what do I want to be, what do I have to do to get there, etc.- that I’m always afraid I’m going to miss a sign or take a wrong turn. But I do believe that there is a path, and that very little happens by chance.

  • Jeb Barrett

    I do wish people would stop using “coincidence” as though it means “accident” or “chance.” If that is what they mean to communicate, those are perfectly acceptable (and accurate) words!

    The dictionary has always been one of our most important communication tools. Therefore, check this out:

    COINCIDENCE
    1: the act or condition of coinciding: correspondence
    2: the occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection; also: any of these occurrences

    NOTE: Oprah can also be heard misusing the word on occasion.

  • Victoria

    Call it what you will, but I think that when you are truly happy at what you are doing with your life and you can’t imagine yourself doing anything else, then that is you answering the quiet call of God. That is what I have found in my life. Most of my experiences with my undergraduate school, graduate school, internships, scholarship programs, and other experiences placed me in the exact place I was called to be. I met people who have change my life and who have lead me closer into a relationship with God. I have learned what I felt like I needed to learn from surrounding myself with good people (most of the time without planning it). That is so awesome that you love what you feel called to do! Keep up the great work! (and thanks for this blog! I love reading it because most of the time I am asking the same questions!)

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