What is the craziest butterfly effect in your life?

What is the craziest butterfly effect in your life?

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  1. Googling “airsoft” when I was 10 Cus i saw a YouTube video about it led to… well basically everything. My job, my travel plans, I met all my friends and my boyfriend there, got out of the toxic relationship I was in before getting with him with their support, everything really.

  2. The summer before my final year of college, I went on a last minute lunch meet-up with my mom to go see her friend in Beverly Hills. We almost didn’t make it because Los Angeles traffic really deserves its terrible reputation. Anyways, we made it and had lunch and then my mom and I walked around all of these high-end luxury stores. It was during this walk that I fully realized something that I had put on the back burner: I was most likely never going to make much money being a writer (which is basically what I was studying for in college). I was then struck with the idea of becoming a lawyer — it was a little random for such a walk but the thought stuck to me like gorilla glue even when I flew back home later that summer. After several weeks of stewing in this idea, I decided to unravel my plans of becoming a writer and instead become a lawyer. I only had a couple of months to study for the LSAT during my last year of college, but I miraculously got the score I needed to get in to every law school at which I later applied. I made a vow to myself that I’d one day return to Beverly Hills after I make it as a lawyer (with the hope that I’d be able to actually afford things this time). Today, I am less than a year away from graduating with my J.D. and none of this would have happened if I hadn’t randomly gone to Beverly Hills that one summer.

  3. I was on a dating site for a few years from 2012 to 2015 only meeting douchebags. I decided around early December 2015 that I would delete that site around New years eve if nothing better came along and just be single for the rest of my life.
    At the 30th of December I got the Noro-virus from my niece and got super sick for like a week, it was horrible. However, it also meant that I didn’t delete my profile. Around the 5th of January a guy messaged me, and today we are engaged to be married and has been together for 5 years. I am very grateful!

  4. I’d say watching Mark Crilley’s YouTube videos back in like 2011. He’s an illustrator who makes drawing tutorials. Although I always liked drawing/art, that helped 11-year-old-me really get into it, I became more passionate about making art, I took art courses throughout school, applied to a design BA, just graduated with a degree in communication design and am now pursuing designing for film.

    I’m not 100% sure what to pinpoint for the foundation of my passion, but if I had to, it would be those videos. I feel like without them, I would’ve been lost in those school years deciding what I wanted to be and what I wanted to pursue.

  5. When my mom was pregnant,( before me) she went grocery shopping. On a whim, she decided to buy a heavy bag of potatoes. She carried them home, which strained something internally. She miscarried that pregnancy that afternoon.

    She always wanted one more child so she conceived again, with me. Therefore, my entire life, and those of my kids depended on my mom’s potato craving, 58 years ago.

  6. In college my junior year, I was heading to the library to study for an upcoming exam, but halfway there realized I had forgotten my notes and quickly returned to my room to retrieve them. On the way back to the library, I ran into an acquaintance who invited me to a party and I uncharacteristically decided to go. Well, at that party, I met this very pretty girl. Two years later we married. Forty years later we have 3 adult kids and 5 grandchildren. Crazy to think what “would have been” had I not forgotten those notes.

  7. One of my roommates applied at a bunch of restaurants in NYC after we moved there, got a job at a fancy place and introduced me and our other roommate to the girls who worked there. From those girls’ group of friends, both of us found our future wives.

  8. – Losing contact with a childhood sweetheart who I didn’t see again, or if I did, she didn’t recognize me.

    – Reading a book named, “The Small Book of Big Questions”.

    – The price hike on university tuition fees, but not quite for the reasons one would think, which led to….

    – Not looking for a job after university. Kind of an anti-butterfly effect because of what I *didn’t* do, rather than what I did do.

    – My dad’s personal camcorder.

    – MY personal camcorder.

    – Moving house, even though I lived in the same area. It probably wasn’t *that* much of a butterfly effect, but it was certainly something.

    – Losing contact with a friend I remet about a decade later after he moved abroad.

    – Getting diagnosed with autism and dyspraxia.

    – Not buying new computers or software.

    – the death of my mother’s mother as a toddler.

    – the birth of one of my younger first cousins.

    – Hitting puberty earlier than most of my peers (not premature, just earlier than them) – and in general.

    – Moving from a private school to a not-private school.

    – Getting an obsessive crush on someone.

    – There’s a lot of stuff where it isn’t clear whether it made a difference or not, but not in the sense that it would be unlikely to.

    I was also around at the time of 9/11, but that’s not very personal.

  9. In 2016, I sat next to a guy on a plane that was in the military at the time. We talked the whole way to our destination. He originally was from our hometown but he was only on a visit and he was stationed at our destination. At the end of the flight, we decided to exchange instagrams. We barely talked but we always liked each others pictures. Then in the summer of 2019 I started seeing him post with location tags of our hometown. We ended up meeting up and becoming close friends. The timing though never worked out for us to be in a relationship, but if anything, he is an amazing friend.

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