My Favorite Word: Serendipity

For those of you that know me, you probably know my obsession with the word Serendipity. It’s my favorite word and even more so than that, I truly believe in its definition and live by it. Life is made up of “fortunate accidents” and “unexpected surprises.” You always need to have your eyes open.

Wikipedia says: The first noted use of “serendipity” in the English language was by Horace Walpole (1717–1797). In a letter to Horace Mann (dated 28 January 1754) he said he formed it from the Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip, whose heroes “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of”.

What a fantastic word. So much so that I even have it tattooed on my back!

My favorite movie in the world is also, you guessed it, Serendipity, starring Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack.

Here’s a clip of one of my favorite parts of the movie, when Kate talks serendipity:

I absolutely agree that the universe gives us little signs to help us find our destined path. Sometimes we miss them, and sometimes, if we are lucky enough, we realize them.

We may not even know it’s happening. Maybe you got stuck behind a school bus today because you were going to be in an accident if you were on time. Maybe you forgot your phone at home, because you were going to see that you left the iron plugged in when you got back. Maybe you took a job you ended up hating, but you met some of the best friends of your life there. Don’t coincidences like this happen a lot? Do you think it’s fate? I like to think so.

Sure we all have free will, and we can do whatever we want, but how do you explain the moments that just “feel right.” Or the ones that don’t.

I met my husband when I was 22 years old and guess where? The one place you aren’t supposed to be able to meet someone, A BAR. And I sure as heck wasn’t looking for anyone. I had just graduated college, was enjoying the time with my friends, not working full-time yet, and had no plans at all to find THE ONE.

But that little beauty Serendipity had her sights set on us that night, and when I first saw him, I felt an instant pull towards him, like nothing I can describe, nor have ever felt since. It was like a magnet. I guess when your heart finds its other half, it’s pretty determined to let you know.

From the first few words we spoke to each other, it was as if we had known one another a lifetime. And it only took us 6 weeks to get engaged after we met. Now we’ve been married 6.5 years, together 7.5. That chance meeting, that “unexpected surprise,” gave us a true happy ever after.

And I thank my lucky stars that I went up and talked to him, because like in the clip below, from a really funny movie, fate only takes us so far…it’s up to us to make it happen. Guess the movie??

So to all my fellow dreamers and silly-hearts out there, I’m with you. I believe in it all. True love and soul mates and destiny and fate. We only have a short time on this Earth, so why not go for it?

Follow your instincts, look for signs, and even if just for today, for me, live a serendipitous life!

About Tara Darazio

I'm a copywriter, owner of A Passion For The Pen, LLC and host of the Let's Meet For Copy podcast. Contact me at
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1 Response to My Favorite Word: Serendipity

  1. my fave word too. love it! :))

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