" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

December 23, 2015

Fate, or Just Dark Coincidence?

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I was flicking through an old Brisbane paper from Sunday December 13th, 2015, with the hindsight that Mick Fanning had lost a brother to a sudden unexpected death while Mick was competing in a surfing competition in Hawaii, but on the two-page spread in the paper that Sunday was a story about Mick Fanning with the headline, "Fanning faces local force at Pipe sudden-death", and another story on the opposite page with the headline, "Lost 'Brother' Inspires Todd's Homecoming".  
On the Thursday after these somewhat darkly prophetic headlines appeared in the Sunday paper Mick Fanning learned of his brother's death prior to his third-round heat at the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii on Thursday morning (AEDT), but still competed in the season-ending event, advancing to Friday's quarterfinals.
Mick Fanning honours brother Peter at Pipe Masters in Hawaii after 'one of the most challenging days' of his life
Now Mick Fanning is famous as the guy who punched a shark in a surfing tournament earlier on in the year and lived to tell of it.
In the other story in Sunday's paper, it tells of the players who grew up like brothers playing football together and first meeting as juniors playing for the Caloundra Sharks as eight-year-olds and with Todd leaving Brisbane last year to go play for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks NRL club in the National competition, only to return back home after hearing about the sudden death of his 'brother' from a deadly tackle on the football field.
There were even surfboards on the front page of that paper in an unrelated story.
Maybe I'm just reading too much into this newspaper spread of news stories about sudden-death and Mick Fanning and a homecoming to a lost brother and sharks, but I still find it rather eerie reading in hindsight of what happened since that Sunday paper hit the newsstands -
What is it About 2015 and Sharks?

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