People are often depicted in movies and TV asking the universe for some sort of "sign" and immediately getting their wish.
It doesn't really work like that in real life, though, right? How many times have you asked for a sign only to be cruelly ignored by the powers that be?
Some people have actually received the sign they were looking for. It's sometimes subtle, but it's usually as subtle as a flying mallet.
The Luckiest Hitchhiker
I was walking. What would have been a 4 hour drive... And I was walking. I straight up begged for a car to stop and pick me up and literally seconds later a woman stopped who was traveling all the way to where I was heading. Same town. 4 hours away. What are those odds?
The Smallest Sign Of Love
I'm not superstitious at all, but my uncle is. When my Nan passed he went to see a fortune teller who told him that anytime our family sees white feathers around, that's Nans way of showing us that she's there. I thought it was a load of bullshit and forgot about it.
A few years later I was at a music festival. Everything was coated in dirt and dust being churned up by thousands of people's feet. Even the air was so thick with dust it was making it hard to see and breathe. I was on the edges of the mosh pit when I started to have my first panic attack. I'd never had one before, didn't know what was happening to me and I was terrified. I felt like I was being crushed and like I was the only person in the world at the same time. I remember desperately thinking 'I don't want to be alone, I don't want to be here alone' I crouched down in the middle of the dirty dusty crown and when I opened my eyes there was a single white feather on the ground right between my feet. It was perfectly white, no dirt, not stepped on or anything- in a mosh pit. I stared at the feather until I could get my breathing under control and get out of there and I still have that feather.
Thank You, Rogue Fish
Once while walking to work as a teenager I asked god to show me a sign if I should get out of my relationship (abusive ex) and just as I finished the prayer a fish came flying out of nowhere and smacked me in the face. I went down and blacked out for a second and when I came to there were these 3 hillbilly men surrounding me, fanning me, and just generally freaking out. When they realized I was awake they just started apologizing and said they swore they had put the strap on their cooler. They gave me some ice for my eye and walked me down to work so I could call my mom to pick me up. I broke up with my ex the next day out of fear of being smacked by a rogue fish again
I was in the depths of despair, I had lost my great job, had to travel 2hrs everyday with heavy tools each way to a temporary job I was doing. Sitting on the bus, thinking my world was over and it all kind of got to me all at once and I began to tear up, not wanting to ball my eyes out in public I held it in. So I asked for something anything that could show me that life wasn't worthless.
A lady I didn't see must have how bad I was or maybe it was just coincidence but just after I cried out in my head. I heard the words "Everything is going to be Okay."
It saved my life.
Of Course You're Loved
All my life, whenever I went to the beach I had wanted to find an intact sand dollar. I had found lots of pieces, but never a whole one.
When I was in my mid 30s, I went with a group of friends to the coast. I was walking alone along the beach in the moonlight close to midnight. I was feeling very sorry for myself in the dark, and really lonely, even though I was with my friends that weekend.
I had just started thinking the thought, "Wouldn't it be a great sign right now to know that I'm loved if I finally found a sand dollar?" I had barely formed the thought when I looked down, and right at my feet was an intact sand dollar.
To The Rescue
This wasn't really asking for a "sign," but I was going through a lot and in a really dark place, like the kind of place I honestly wasn't sure I'd survive. I was teetering on the edge of despair and genuinely going down the path towards doing something insanely drastic. I basically just asked the universe for help one day while in the middle of another crying episode and I had this strange, sunny feeling kind of leak into the darkness I was harboring inside of me.
The next day, by chance, I met my group of friends on a video game I played regularly at the time. They lived in an entirely different city and had entirely different lives from me but we all just... clicked. It took a month or two for me to settle into that friendship and understand that they were gonna stick around, and they've been my best friends for three years now. Some of my best memories are from that first summer that I knew them.
I genuinely don't think I would have survived that time in my life had I not met them. I was feeling incredibly alone and I was trying to come to terms with a lot of things all at once. I'm infinitely grateful for them, and I can't help but think that the universe was listening that day when, as a last ditch effort, I asked it for help.
The Perfect Financial Excuse
I really don't like my job, and I've been daydreaming about what I could do. I just needed a place to be able to do it.
The next day I get offered to house sit for a couple years in this big Japanese house that has a storefront in the front. There's a perfect space to do what I would want to do. I would live rent free and be able to save up to buy my own business visa here. I wouldn't need to work in this job any more.
My son passed away and I sat at the kitchen table in shock I couldn't really believe he was gone. I asked him to send me a sign so I'd know he was still with us, in spirit if not in body. A few minutes later all the lights in the house went out. I didn't believe it was him so I even checked the fuse box. I almost called an electrician but for some reason I couldn't bring myself to do it. It was just the lights, the power points still worked so I could cook and the fridge was on. It stayed that way for two days until I eventually said ok ok I know it's you and they came back on.
I was so overwhelmed with grief at the time this seemed like nothing but now I see how crazy it was. I get this might be hard for some people to believe but I really don't care if anyone believes it or not, I just needed to know he was somewhere else besides in the ground because he was only in his 20's and it just wasn't fair he was gone so young. You should never outlive your children.
My wife and I had been considering getting a second cat for some time without reaching any conclusion. Then, as I was walking back to the apartment one evening, a young feline popped up out of the drainage beside the sidewalk. Basically, he just looked at me and said,
Let's cut to the chase. I'll be moving in with you now. You need a cat. I am a very cute, completely adorable kitten. The only problem I see here is that you might not be smart enough to recognize this opportunity. Be your best self right now, dude.
So I looked at him and said, "I can't make this decision solo. Let me go get the wife." He just looked at me and nodded his head like "Go on, I'll wait."
Considering that she just decided that today was cat-bath day, he may be regretting the decision, but I'm completely okay with the way things have gone over the past years.
One Time Lucky Strike
I was always curious about lottery tickets but never wanted to indulge in it. One day in a grocery store, I told the universe,
"I am going to buy a lotto ticket now (not the grand bumper ones, just a simple scratch one) for the first time in life. If I win a prize, I'll take it as a sign from you and never buy it again."
I bought a ticket for $3, scratched it and won $500. I smiled and donated $250 of the amount. Enjoyed some good food multiple times with the other $250. Never bought or looked at a lottery ticket again. Will never do.
If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/