Every time I miss the train (or elevator, or flight) by a split second I ask myself if this is a Sliding-Doors-scenario. Is there another LT out there, one who caught the train, living a parallel life? How’s she doing? It’s amazing to think that a few second difference can have such an impact on your life. It’s also amazing to think that when I was in 8th grade, at the true peak of my awkwardness, I took my uni-browed forehead, braces-filled-mouth, flat chest, and 4’11” build to the hair salon where I asked for the exact pixie cut Gwyneth (or, you know, one of the Gwyneths) had in this film. Spoiler alert: it didn’t look as cute on me and I was openly mistaken for a tween boy for months to come.
It’s fascinating to explore parallel life options and how the tiny things – conscious choices and uncontrollable scenarios – add up to make a big difference. What if you didn’t take that job? What if you didn’t move to a new city? What if you hadn’t drunk texted your ex 42 times in 3 hours? We’ll never know. But thanks to Hollywood, we do know what happened to Helen (Gwyneth’s character) both when she did and did not catch the train. I won’t spoil it for you, but the end message is that everything works out in the end, despite the tube schedule. It makes me wonder – do we all have a predisposed destiny that we’re guaranteed to end up at and it’s up to us to see how fast we get there (I went on 3 “first dates” with my bae over the course of 7 years before I realized we were meant for each other) OR is it a crapshoot?