Serendipity means a “happy accident” or “pleasant surprise”; a fortunate mistake. Specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it. The word has been voted one of the ten English words hardest to translate in June 2004 by a British translation company. However, due to its sociological use, the word has been exported into many other languages. (wiki)
For me it’s not necessarily an “accident” or a “mistake” although it may be an outcome of such an event. It is being in the right place at the right time and if it is something you can catch on camera and you happen to have one with you then it is that moment or time you can share with someone else later.
When I was a kid living near a harbor there were tours to an aircraft carrier. The line for the launches going out to the aircraft carrier were blocks long. My friends and I gave up hope of going and walked up near the dock where groups of people were being loaded onto the transport boats. A sailor saw 3 kids hanging on the rails by the docks and waved us down to get on the boat. We got to tour the aircraft carrier after all! To me that is an example of serendipity.
We did not expect to go.
The sailor had compassion for us kids.
We were at the right place.
The sailor noticed us.
Something completely happy and unexpected happened.
That’s one of my moments anyways – feel free to post yours as a comment. I am interested in knowing!