September 25, 2012

The Quixotic Nature of Serendipity

According to, the word serendipity is a noun meaning an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. The secondary meaning is simple good luck, as in something which has come to you, rather than wishing someone else good fortune.

Quixotic is an adjective which refers to the title character in Cervantes' work Don Quixote. The three official definitions are: resembling or befitting Don Quixote; extravagantly chivalrous or romantic, visionary, or impractical; and impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.

Quixotic serendipity would therefore be good luck which arrives in a highly unpredictable manner. I would hope my own serendipity is a little more reliable and a lot less quixotic.