It's interesting you know. Just the other day I had been discussing the coincidences that arise in life. The ones that are too coincedental to really be a coincidence. In fact I was on the phone to her as I was on my way to work, 3 hours from where we are living currently.
Then I seemingly had my own coincidence, or was it fate? Was it an alignment of energies? Was it nothing of the kind. Either way I was very pleased with myself.
So I started work on a surgical ward. At one point a guy walked passed on the corridor... he seemed foreign. Although I later found out he wasn't European, my ponderings at the time were - 'is this guy French, or perhaps Spanish?'. Anyway, then some minutes later... and I tell you, there are certain words in the English language that are burned into a kind of heightened sense, like a shark may smell a drop of blood from some ridiculous distance away. One of those words is "French". I can hear jumbles of words, seemingly incomprehensible mutterings, but then I will hear "FRENCH" stand out much clearer. So yeah, some minutes later I hear some mutterings, from I believe another nurse close to where I'm working, a few rooms away, and I hear that word stand out, or I think I do. Yes it stood out, but the other words were of little importance so I'm unsure I smelled that drop of blood correctly. The nurse comes out, introduces herself to me near the nurses station and I ask, did you just say something about "French"? Yes, she says, do you speak French? I tell her I do... and the rest is history.
Turns out the patient was a young French girl who's level of English was not so great. She was here on exchange and was, well having some medical problems and, well, translations were needed. I was asked to help. I chatted briefly to her, and although I was asked to translate the menu as well, turns out I missed that opportunity as she could read the hospital menu quite well in English (should've jumped at that when I had the chance, didn't matter). So the Consultant needed to have a bit of a serious discussion with her and her host parents and I was called in to translate (I offered my services for this, early when the staff found out that I spoke French, and they were seeking someone to assist). Anyway, it was so much fun I guess is the best way to put it, to translate for the consultant and the patient. Mostly it was the consultant (i.e. the doctor) explaining things to the patient in English and I was translating them into French for the patient and in turn translating her French answers back to English.
To some this may be quite the every day kind of thing, for me it was a really cool situation to find myself in. French speakers are rare in our hospitals, and those who cannot speak English even rarer. Furthermore, French speakers with poor or little English requiring translation are much rarer again. Then, to be in proximity of such rare circumstances... and be able to translate, well that's just.. a coincidence? I dunno. I think there's more to the world than chance, more than accidental occurences.
I don't draw this conclusion based on this one (series of) event(s), or admittedly something that could really just be coincidence, as I've always felt this way anyway. I'm not saying that I strictly believe in fate either, but I think I agree with my friend, that if you're open in life to certain messages, they are there, and perhaps it's similar with events. I think it's something like energies attracting other people and occurences like ions, like magnets, polarities and so on. Some call it synchronicity.
Another occurence a couple of months back. Before, what we thought was going to be our soon departure for Saudi Arabia, I had been trying to contact an old friend, but we were both bad at communicating by phone. I'd leave messages, then he'd call six months later or a year... that kind of thing. Anyway, over the course of perhaps a week, he kept popping up in my mind, and I kept thinking/feeling, I'd really like to make contact with this friend before we leave. We were moving about from place to place for a couple of months at that stage, always within reach of my work. This time we were in an area of the state I don't think I'd ever been, staying for a couple of weeks. One day we wound up in a neighbouring town, and there was a market on. I ran into his girlfriend at the market, she found him and we caught up. It just seemed uncanny. I had even been expressing to my wife a desire to catch up with the guy the couple of days preceding stumbling upon him. I dunno, too coincidental for me.
Anyway after that shift at the hospital, two days later I was on the same ward. The patient had left. I was there for 16 hours! I think it was the longest and hardest shift I ever did in my life. By the time I drove home 3 hours, I arrived home at 2.15am. Sometimes, healthcare just seems insane to me, and this is in western country with a decent health care system. How do nurses and doctor's cope in some other countries??!! Anyway, I was leading to the point that studying has been difficult, but I am still studying when I can and still aiming for a C-level exam end of year. I don't know where 'aiming' will lead, but I'll certainly keep plugging along. I've gone a little Anki crazy lately too, which is really unusual for me, but i'm just going to go with it.
That's it for now.
Edit: Oh and I received a copy of Assimil - Le Néerlandais des Affaires today. I've been digging around for this for quite a while now, so it's great to finally get a copy - purchased online, second hand but in much better condition (almost like new) than I expected. It's also a hardcover, so that's nice. One day I hope to put it to good use! So, what am I doing buying more courses. Hey, this is Assimil we're talking about, courses that I really get a lot out of... AND it's super-rare, so it just had to be done!