Whether you believe in fate or free will, the following stories will definitely at least make you wonder how the universe works in such mysterious ways. Maybe it's just messing with us to have a laugh or maybe it truly is trying to point us in the right direction.
Either way, we couldn't help but gasp at just how coincidental these stories are.
Rest In Peace In Advance
"This is in my hometown. When I lived there, I walked through this graveyard weekly. Walking through yesterday, I stepped on a broken piece of a headstone with just my birthday inscribed on it."
Personally, we wouldn't want to know when our last day is. Rather, let's live every day like it's our last.
Love At First—Almost—Sight
"My cousin was in his future wife's family picture (the guy on the left), on a trip to Rio de Janeiro... 7 years before they met. "
This must be why they say that love isn't always enough. It's also all about the right timing. Even if they had talked that day, they likely wouldn't have gotten married!
"From The Ashes, New Life Is Born"
"A large portion of my neighborhood burned down in the fires that swept through southern California.
While helping my friend's family pick through the rubble, I saw a speck of white paper the only text on after the rest of the page had burned away, was 'from the ashes, new life is born'". — saawariya / Reddit
A Psychic Inclination
"When I was about 12, I had a terrible nightmare in which two planes collided in mid-air. I was convinced there was going to be a plane crash, so I rushed out to my mom and told her everything.
The next morning the news was running a story about it. We later worked out that I'd woken up around about the time the crash itself took place. " — tomdwilliams / Reddit
A Final Goodbye
"My grandfather passed away after he had been sick for years. At the time my little brother was only four years old. My grandfather's passing occurred after my little brother was already sleeping...
The next morning, before being told anything my little brother said, 'I had a dream about Pop Pop last night. He told me he was tired of not feeling good and that he loved me.'" —UMTerp2010 / Reddit
So Lucky, They're Unlucky
Can you imagine the odds of getting all of the numbers offset by one? At least the 27 was consistent.
There's a reason they say that the odds of getting hit by lightning on the way to buying a lottery ticket are higher than actually winning.
What Goes Around Comes Around
A nurse discovered that the colleague/doctor she was working with was the same premature baby she cared for 28 years ago.
Who knew that when she saved his life all those years ago, he would unknowingly pay back his dues by saving others'?!
We're All Connected Somehow
"Back at University, me and my (randomly assigned) flatmate separately took the train down from Newcastle to Bradford to visit our best friends.
Turns out they were also (randomly assigned) flatmates. I found that pretty bizarre." - slotbadger / Reddit
What's Meant To Be Yours Will Find You
"My grandmother died, so my family cleaned out the house. A few years later, my mom went to a craft store and purchased a pack of papers with different designs on them.
One of the papers was a collage of recipe cards. She recognized the writing... It was my dead grandmother's recipe cards that had been scanned and turned into artsy paper. They were thrown out in garbage bags in Toronto but the paper company was from California!" — Margerine_Man / Reddit
Someone's Always Watching
"When I was eight years old a man walked up behind me, called my name, and said, "You won't remember me, but we are proud of you. We are watching you. Be good now. You are important.
I ran inside the barbershop to my mom and told her. She went outside, but there was no one there. Ever since then I've felt like I'm being watched." — Mr_Monster / Reddit
Love By Fate
"I used to play the flute in elementary school. I put these tie-dye hippie stickers on the case and scribbled my name under the velvet liner. A few years later, I let my parents sell it.
Fast forward 10 years and I'm over at my boyfriend's parent's house one day. His little sister comes in from school and shows me her new instrument. Low and behold it's my old flute! Five years, a marriage and a beautiful baby girl later we still get to play on it some times." — Deliverme88 / Reddit
Happy Birthdays All Around
"I was at a gas station a while ago and I bought a pack of cigarettes, the clerk asked for my ID and commented how we have the same birthday, but he was born 10 years earlier.
The guy behind me hearing the date started laughing and showed us his license, same date just ten years after me." - handsthefram / Reddit
Right Place, Right Time
A now married couple in China discovered that they appeared in the same photograph as teenagers.
What are the odds that not only were they present at the same place at the same time but positioned perfectly to appear in the pictures snapped at the exact same moment!
Meant To Meet Eventually
"I worked at a library for a very long time, and collected stuff I found in books. My favorite discovery was a hilarious postcard between two friends. I immediately thought, 'I'd like to meet these people.' I kept it.
After a few years pass, I find a postcard from my girlfriend that I don't recognize. It takes me a few minutes to understand that I'm reading the postcard I'd put aside years earlier, between someone who was now my girlfriend and another person I'd come to know as a friend." — Reddit
Same Lawn, Same Girl
"I went to look at a car on sale on Craigslist. At the house of the car owner, I shared a moment with the cute girl living next door via prolonged eye contact.
Five years later I start dating a girl I sort of worked with. When I went to her house for the first time I stopped cold while walking up her driveway as I realized where I was. It was the house. She was the girl. We're getting married next July." — TheThingInTheBassAmp / Reddit
She's Not Just A Pop Star
This is almost metaphorical for the way celebs have a way of popping up everywhere from our cereal boxes, to now also the trucks in front of us on the highway.
Maybe she can use that as inspiration for her next song.