I am a fourth generation Sicilian (Italian). I grew up on stories of karma and fate and fortune. My mom and dad didn’t particularly believe in it, but my grandparents certainly did. I used to go back and forth on whether I believed in this phenomena but I always kept a token of good luck. I’m still not entirely sure whether “fate” is real or not, but I do believe in karma if I haven’t already made that abundantly clear.

Today I got some chinese takeout from a place I’d never been before (Beef Lo Mein, Pork Fried Rice, Wonton Soup, Egg Roll). Food was good, but I only mention it because I love fortune cookies. Whenever I have a hard decision to make, or if I’m in a bad place and just need something kind, I crack open a cookie and see what fortune I get. As far as I can remember I almost always followed the words from the cookie, or if I was having a rough day the kind words would just make me smile. It’s such a small thing, but I even got into the habit of keeping a cookie in my jacket for a rainy day.

My fortune today was a simple one; follow what your heart says. I had a pretty decent day, though there was some doubt whether I want to stay in Texas or move back to New York. I miss New York a lot, especially because my family is there. But my heart says to stay in Texas. I am growing to enjoy the area and I’ve made a few interesting friends (though I’d like a few more).

The reason I’m writing this post though is because of my fiancee’s cookie. “Make the best of what you have where you are.” She’s had some doubts about staying in Texas too, and this cookie hit home. She rolled her eyes at it, but I think it’s a sign telling us to stay in Texas. Considering we also just won two tickets yesterday, I think it’s all the more reason that Texas has much to offer us in the future.

It’s something small to think about. Fate. Fortune. It doesn’t matter if you call it a sign from God, karma, or just coincidence. Next time you have a fortune cookie, take a minute to think about your life before you crack it open. Maybe give the words a chance and see if they have any wisdom to take from them. Or don’t, it’s your choice.

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