Today, for Kathrin's birthday treat, we went to Windsor to visit the castle. Kathrin likes castles.
Afterwards, we went for a little stroll around the town, considered walking down The Long Mile, but ultimately decided the pub at it's entrance (The Two Brewers) would be a much better decision. It was.
Onto the titular synchronicity...
As we settled into our seat, pint in hand, I looked out the window and caught a glimpse of a face that looked like someone I knew nearly 20 years ago. Couldn't be, surely? I caught the guy's eye, pointed out the window at him, and then hurried out the door, barely explaining to Kathrin what was going on.
"Alex?" I let out. Confused look... (Bollocks, I'm shouting after a total stranger) "...Adz?"
To give a brief background - we both went to college in Cirencester, and moved in much the same circles, mostly due to band stuff. And so, we had a brief chat about old times, and what we were up to these days. He was in Windsor on a day trip with his partner, and I with mine, who at this stage was wondering where the fuck is disappeared to. It was good to see an old familiar face, a genuine moment of joy in life. We parted ways with the usual "let's catch up some time". Maybe we will, or won't, time will tell.
The most insane thing, to me, is that this was an absolute chance encounter. I'm no mathematician/statistician, but the odds of it happening are surely incredibly low. If we (Kathrin and I) had not sat in the window, rather the seat at the back of the bar that we had originally planned to sit in, I (and he) would have been none the wiser, passing like two ships in the night.
I'm not spiritual or religious by any stretch, but sometimes stuff happens that gives me pause for thought. When something quite unlikely happens, it's easy to get lost in thinking about all the choices I have made up to that point, and how they have led me to where/who I am today. It can be quite overwhelming, and I end up overthinking it.
The universe is vast as fuck. Of all the stuff it has going on, me bumping into an old friend in an unlikely place is probably not the weirdest thing.