I would argue that there is nothing preordained. There are no predetermined course of events. We are locked into a path only by our unwillingness to move in an alternate direction.
But I wonder sometimes if things don’t happen for a reason.
Had a young teenager come for her first lesson. She had rescheduled it several times and was finally making it in. This same day – we had a walk in – a teenage girl, the same age looking for martial arts and a place to meet people as she had recently moved here.
They were two peas in a pod. Almost instantly friends. Other students were surprised to discover they were not somehow related.
Still waiting for my connection. Probably missed it.