10th July – That’s Kismet…

Is it the fact that it’s the 191st day of the year? The height of summer? Is it because it’s the guy who used to play Vincent on Entourage’s birthday?

Nope. None of the above. In fact, we love this day so much because of two main reasons. The first is that it happens to be our wedding anniversary.

 

 

That’s right, as of today, myself and Teanne have been married for eight wonderful years. And they have been wonderful. 

We’ve had so many milestones since getting married. A few months after the nuptials, I turned 30 (2010, was a big deal for me personally), T followed suit a couple years later.

In 2011, we welcomed our son, and a little over two and a half years later our daughter, who fill our hearts with absolute joy. 

Somewhere in between the birth of our second child, we had this idea to stop begging for a seat at the table and create our own damn table. That was table was We Are Parable, and 5 years later, we’re here. You’re here too, reading this. 

As I’ve mentioned many times, the last five years have lit a fire under us, making us want to achieve more and more. And as we are more than halfway through 2018, we’ve got some big things planned. 

But none of this would have been possible, if it wasn’t for the events of 365 days ago (as of writing this piece), where one of my heroes, Spike Lee, reached out to us to find out whether we could do an event to fit into the existing Spike Lee festival we were running anyway. 

(Before I continue, it’s worth saying that there is anther reason why the 10th of July is important to me, because 16 years ago to this day, I became the first person in my family to graduate with degree in Psychology – more about that later.)

Spike was only in town for a few days and he was adamant that he could only do the Monday, which happened to be our 7th wedding anniversary. A once in a lifetime opportunity, we jumped at the chance and started setting things up. 

So many things happened that day, a lot of which I cover in this podcast, so I won’t go over them again. But I’ll tell you one thing. 

 

When we were picking up Spike from his hotel to the cinema where he would be speaking at our event (it’s even crazier to see it typed out) , we told him that today was our wedding anniversary. 

“Really?” He says. “That’s Kismet.” 

“Kismet?” I say. 

“Yeah. You don’t know what Kismet is?”

“No.” 

“Alright, google it later.”

So I did: 

“When you encounter something by chance that seems like it was meant to be, then it could be kismet, your destiny.”

Steve Jobs famously said that connecting the dots backward was the one way to make sense of your life and I agree. When I think about some of three major events to happen in my life, and the fact they happened on this day, July 10th – well, it’s hard to believe in anything other than Kismet. 

10th July 2002 – Graduated 

10th July 2010 – Married Teanne 

10th July 2018 – Worked with Spike Lee. 

It’s hard not to believe in a higher power when you see the universe align like this in such a beautiful way. And I think that’s my message to you all. You might know where you want to go, but take some time to look back and see how far you’ve come. If you told me that 18 months ago I’d be sitting here writing about my conversations with Spike Lee in the back of an Addison Lee one balmy day last summer, I would have laughed at you. 

But that’s life. No, wait – that’s kismet.