These past couple of days have had their share of weirdness. Some say coincidences are just that, coincidences. Some say they are God's (or the universe's) way of conserving physics. Others think that they reflect a deeper, underlying reality of all things.
At work yesterday, the pharmacist and myself had been talking about a patient of ours that we had heard some news about, though we had not seen that patient in forever. That same day, the patient calls and requests a transfer of their prescription to another pharmacy closer to them.
Also at work yesterday, a co-worker called about something and asked to speak to me. Someone was asking me a question about something, and when one of the clerks paged me, I had a strong sense of deja vu. All the details of the experience seemed extremely familiar. The page, the identity of the person calling me, and a person who asked me a question about something while I was getting ready to take the call.
Again, at work yesterday, we were discussing an accident that happened. We didn't know the people from Adam or Eve, and that afternoon, the sister of the person involved in the accident comes into our pharmacy to get a prescription filled. The accident happened in a different town than the location where I work.
The night before the accident, another pharmacist and myself were discussing car accidents and the legal system, given that my aunt was killed in an accident last year.
Now of course, accidents happen all the time. People get paged at work. People get prescriptions filled and transfer their prescriptions to other pharmacies. These things are in themselves, usual. But it's just the connections between some of these events that strike me as odd. Talking about someone and then have them call. Getting a page and having deja vu. The sister of an unknown person in an accident that you were just discussing, coming in to fill a prescription.
Similar things have happened over the past few years. A while back, I was thinking about a co-worker who had left for another job and owed me money. I had been thinking about her a lot over the course of a few days. Lo and behold, she walks in not too long after that to pay a visit to her former co-workers, and presents me with a check for the money she owed me.
I was thinking of another former co-worker of mine that I had not seen in a long time. I sat with her son one night when she had to go out of town. It had been several years and he would be full grown now. I wondered what she was doing and how her son was doing. Not too long after that, I find out her son had died.
I remembered a place where I used to work and two couriers whom I considered friends and enjoyed working with them. Just randomly, I had been thinking about them and wondered how they were doing and what they had been up to. Sure enough, the same week, on different days, they both came in (separately) the pharmacy where I work now.
A girl I went to school with. I was friends with her and her brother. He and I stayed in contact for a while, even after he moved when school was over. Something happened and we lost contact for a couple of years. I had been thinking about him one time and not too long after that, get a phone call from him out of the blue.
A co-worker of mine and myself were discussing the mayor of my hometown. He is a funny character and I was at the barber shop one day and they were telling me a funny story about the mayor. I told the same story to my co-worker and she and I laughed about it for days. When my mother went into the hospital, I went to visit her and ran into the mayor there. Later on, at the barber shop again, the mayor was also there and he was talking about Lady Bird Johnson, President Johnson's wife, and how he was surprised she was still alive. Later that week, Lady Bird Johnson passed away.
Maybe all of this means absolutely nothing. It's just weird, though, to be thinking of someone or something, and in a short period of time, experience an event of some sort that involves the person or thing you had been thinking about. This is especially so when there is no apparent connection or causality involved. People you have not seen in years or are separated from by vast distances. Yes, people are bound to run into each other or talk with each other if they live in the same local area. But to run into or talk to them after thinking about them recently, and having been out of contact for years, it just strikes one as weird. Who knows. It does make you think that there is something going on in the universe. There is some underlying reality that connects us all in some way.