It’s funny how everything connects, even those seemingly insignificant events that you can no longer recall, or would rather forget.
It’s like trying to solve a jigsaw puzzle, where the pieces are handed to you one piece at a time, and you haven’t the slightest idea what you’re going to get.
As far as you’re concerned, everything that goes on around you have no relation to each other. They’re all just random events that just eventually occured, whether by your own choice, or by circumstances beyond your control.
And then something happens, and all of a sudden your face lights up, and just like that.. you know.
In just a few minutes, I’ll be waiting at the end of the aisle, looking expectantly as a girl as iridescent as a rainbow walks slowly towards me. It has been six years since Aileen and I first met face to face, but to be honest, our story started way, way before that. It overwhelms me, even until this day, the realization that everything that has happened to us before, was preparing us for what was yet in store. The people that we met, the events that we’ve gone through, and the lessons that we learned from every encounter.. It’s amazing how all of those things fit perfectly together.
All I had to do was quit my first job in 2009, and then in 2010, start a business with high school friends Mark and Alex called Kalye Kada Designs, and then volunteer to do my first meet-up with a female client introduced to me by Rod, who I wouldn’t have met in college if I wasn’t delayed from graduating by one year.
But wait, there’s more!
To come up with the T-shirt designs, I just needed to learn how to draw and color characters similar to the ones in the Pon and Zi comics that I’ve known since 2008, using the Pixia software that I would never have discovered if I wasn’t part of the nexGear online community back in 2004. Fortunately for me, 2010 was also the year when pick-up lines were increasingly becoming popular, and by that time, I was also blessed to have friends who were in relationships and were willing to be models for my character designs.
Fast-forward two years later, and all I needed to have that meaningfully long conversation with Aileen was to have watched the movie Corpse Bride, from a DVD lent to me by Gian years ago. And to have Aileen say yes to a first date, all I needed to do was remember the movie that Gian recommended to me that same month– Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, and have that same movie coincidentally showing on cinemas on the same week that I decided to suddenly browse through the newspaper that my mother got that morning. And it had to be the year 2012, or else Aileen and I wouldn’t be naturally talking about the predicted Armageddon.
But of course, this jigsaw puzzle wasn’t made up of only cute and cheesy pieces. We’ve had our share of struggles, our share of failures. Some of the pieces were about heartaches, some were about unrequited affections, and quite a few were all about indirect rejections, mostly from my end. But if it wasn’t for all those pieces, both good and bad, both happy and sad, Aileen and I would never have been brought together, two people who at that time were unaware that their lives would never ever be the same again.
For all the times that I thought nothing made sense, it was only because I was right in the middle of the puzzle, unaware of the picture that was being formed. For all the times that I thought nothing went according to plan, it was only because a plan way bigger than mine was already in motion. If there is one thing that I’ve come to realize, it’s that at the right place and at the right time, God provides. Every event, every incident, every action, every rejection, every encounter, every coincidence, every delay.. everything has been one puzzle piece after another, given to me at precisely the right moment that I needed them.
I wipe the tears of joy that escape my eyes as I see Aileen slowly walking down the aisle. Thank you Lord, for this jigsaw miracle. Thank you!
There are so many reasons that we shouldn’t have met
I could’ve turned right when you turned left
But the world’s got a funny way of stacking the deck
-Better Than Ezra, “Crazy Lucky”