“The Butterfly Effect: In chaos theory the sensitive dependence on initial conditions; where a small change at one place in a non-linear system can result in large differences to a later state. For example, the presence or absence of a butterfly flapping its wings could lead to creation or absence of a hurricane.“(Wikipedia)
I sometimes ponder what decisions have changed my life, and one profound day I traced some of the more important stuff back to a yellow backpack my mum bought me when I was in my final year at High School. No Jokes!
This simple yellow, boxy backpack was a cheap baggage solution as I had accumulated too many textbooks and general school stuff to fit into my more stylish black, sleek (uselessly small) pack. And my parents were thrifty. It cost $20. Obviously it was cheap because it was boxy and canary yellow.
I didn’t like it at all, I whinged like an ungrateful teenager. My mother told me that I was being just that so I used it because I needed it and didn’t have any other options.
It followed me to the first day of O-Week at uni the following year, for the same reason.
It was here that the butterfly flapped its wing.
I sat nervously on the steps where Freshers were to assemble before going to Sorrento for O-Week happy fun times. I sat thinking “I should just go home”. I didn’t know anyone and I was pretty shy. Just as I was about to get up, a very exotic looking Japanese girl sat down next to me (I would later find out that she was French/Japanese) and said “Hey, I like your yellow backpack. My name’s Maya. Let’s sit together on the bus.”
And that was it. From there a cascade effect changed my path forever.
Maya introduced me to various people, who then introduced me to other people (like my first uni boyfriend, The Comedian).
The Comedian introduced me to his high school buddy, Computer Animator Guy (who now works for Lucas Arts doing genuinely AWESOME STUFF) who I eventually shared a house with.
In my final year of uni, Computer Animator Guy had a friend come over a few nights in a row. He was visiting Melbourne for 2 weeks but usually (or for the last 12 months) lived in Kobe, Japan.
Ok, so my initial reason for hanging out with them wasn’t Japan Guy. There was another friend always there to catch up with Japan Guy, Other Cute Friend. But over the few nights I tried to woo Other Cute Friend, I actually found myself fascinated by Japan Guy’s life in Japan. And it was then I decided that when I graduated university at the end of the year I would move Japan.
Story getting long, so let me dot point the rest:
– Japanese good times where I find “myself”
– Come back to Melbourne a new woman
– Meet some awesome new people through new positive, confident outlook
– Eventually get introduced to a man who would later become my husband.
Yellow Back Pack of Destiny demonstrates Chaos theory.
What ever happened to that backpack? I don’t know.