Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Not Going To Stop

"This, please, cannot be that. And for what I would like to say, I can't. This Was Not Just A Matter Of Chance. Ohhhh. These strange things happen all the time." --Narrator, Magnolia

Sent an email a few days ago to Emma, an old friend from uni I hadn't seen for quite some time, only to have it bounce back undelivered. The distant idea, that perhaps another had fallen off the edge of the map, slowly floated through my mind. Most things seem almost always to slip away with time.

I gave it no more thought though until yesterday's lunch, walking out from the local Subway. Sitting there just outside, much to my surprise, was Emma and her boyfriend Steve, wondering just for a second, who this strange person was standing over their table. I was invited to sit and we shared news of ourselves and others, reminisced of times past, and made our promises to keep in touch via her new email address.

I remember seeing Magnolia when it first came out in 1999, intrigued by the tall tales of coincidence and the interweaving of lives. Watched it again the other day and don't think I'd realised before just how grim and bleak the stories were, although the simultaneous singing near the end had me close to laughter, walking the fine line between touchingly dramatic and absurdly humorous.

A billion sad stories coincide, what's strange is the mind's seduction by chance, when these things happen all the time. The ceaseless struggle of existence won't stop. Consolation comes only in certain rare moments of life. Time to wise up.

When it rains, it pours


Blogger Unknown said...

What a great coincidence!

6/16/2005 12:16:00 pm  

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