Some of us believe in fate or providence or the guiding hand of a God who leads us through the darkness of life. We don't get what we want but what we need we are told which reassures us that his presence will be felt in due time.
We have all had what seemed like fluke encounters that led us somewhere and then reconstructed the events in our minds. How much we marvelled at the fact that without a perfect orchestration, things would not have developed without such astounding good fortune. Of course, sometimes it's in reverse and we curse our bad luck.
I can look back in hindsight and recognize traces of guidance which is why I prefer to live day by day and not torture myself with fixed plans which won't always come to fruition. Sometimes it is best to float on that lazy river and see what is waiting for us around the bend.
NB: I've been asked if I want to play keys next year for a group that will do a set at my company's charity concert. I think I will do it.