Life changes in a single moment. There are events that lead up to that time, but a single defining moment changes everything. Many parts of my day focus on that single moment changing life in a negative way, so I am acutely aware of the impact that can happen. Perhaps because of this, I am also particularly aware of the times where those changes affect life in a positive way.
Rewind to March; there was a single moment that so far has changed my life for the better. It wasn’t expected, planned, or even prepared for. Quite the contrary, in fact. Truth be told, I had seriously debated not making an appearance. It was a friend’s birthday and there was a party at a local establishment. I had already been to my regular evening commitment that night and was feeling like my social timer had almost run out for the week. There was internal guilt, that if I didn’t show up, that it might hurt feelings or what have you, so I took in a deep breath or two and made my way to the party.
As I stepped through the threshold of the pub, all the moments leading up had finally fallen into place. I scanned the room from right to left; a contradiction to the norm. I noticed the karaoke singers, the notables from my friend’s circle, a couple of my own acquaintances, the birthday girl, then, in that instant, that single defining moment, I saw him.
That single moment began the chain of events that brought us together. He wasn’t new to me. Perhaps the timing was never right before. Perhaps it was the magic of the evening. Or the way he straightened up when our eyes met. Whatever it was, that anxiety or whatever you choose to call it that I was feeling before walking in the door, had all melted away when I saw his grey blue eyes looking back at me.
A single moment. Life changes in a single moment.