What is behind this title? Serendipity has always been one of my favourite words ever since I was 10 years old and met a horse with the name. I came home and looked it up and the word has never left my lexicon and thoughts since. A dictionary definition could be …an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. or as the Oxford English Dictionary puts it
The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way: a fortunate stroke of serendipity, a series of small serendipities
I could say that a lot of my life has been happy chance or good energy bringing things and people my way. But the times when things are all going wrong around me I ask myself what the hell did you think you were doing? Are you mad? I am using mad in the British sense meaning crazy not angry.
I have never got a job from a newspaper advert or a boyfriend from a lonely hearts or internet dating. The good things that have happened to me in my life have always been down to serendipity ……… my husband, my children, my friends. My experiences in Latin America.
So where does the word SERENDIPITY come from. I supposed it was greek but apparently the term was coined in 1754 by Horace Walpole in
The Three Princes of Serendip, the title of a fairy tale in which the heroes “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.”
When I came to Central America I was not looking for a husband or children. To be honest I thought I´d past the sell by date on that one and did not imagine that a Latin man would stop me in my tracks.
So here I am and now Cuba has been thrown our way so I will be leaping into the dark again.