It’s not unheard of to ask for a sign from the universe. At one point in our life, we’ve all been there. “Okay, universe. If this light turns red in ten seconds, I’ll finally tell my mom I hate her cooking.” But, what happens when the universe delivers and you get a sign, clear as day, that you should do something? These people share their stories.
#1 One Sand Dollar
All my life, whenever I went to the beach, I wanted to find an intact sand dollar. I 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. So, I just started thinking, "Wouldn't it be a great sign right now to know that I'm loved if I finally found a sand dollar?" I barely formed the thought when I looked down, and right at my feet was an intact sand dollar.
#2 Great Big Moose
My girlfriend was having an awful week. I felt terrible for her, which made me realize how serious our relationship was because empathy is… not a strong suit of mine. She wanted to take a trip to the Grand Tetons to clear her head. She wanted to see a moose on this trip, but it was August, so relatively unlikely since they tend to move to higher elevations that time of year.
I had never seen a moose in the wild. Before we left, I thought, "If we see a moose on this whirlwind 72-hour road trip, I will take it as a sign I should marry this girl." Sure enough, right in the middle of the day, on one of the busiest trails in the park, was a great big bull moose hanging out. We’ll be married five years this year.
#3 I’m Still Here
I decided to take my life at 13. Life sucked and I planned to go home from church that night and off myself if there was no direct intervention. Out of nowhere, my aunt stopped me and said, "I feel like you need to come home with me.” And I'm still here. Next week I'll be 30, something I never thought I'd be. There have been lots of ups and downs, but also so many great things I'd have missed otherwise.
#4 I’ve Been Daydreaming
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 of years in this big Japanese house with a storefront. 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. I wouldn't need to work at this job anymore.
#5 It’s All Okay
I was in the depths of despair. I lost my great job and had to travel two hours every day with heavy tools each way to a temporary job I was doing. Sitting on the bus, thinking my world was over, it all kind of got to me all at once. I began to tear up, but not wanting to ball my eyes out in public, I held it in. I asked for something anything that could show me that life wasn't worthless. A lady I didn't see must have noticed how bad I was. Just after I cried, I heard, “Everything is going to be okay." It saved my life.
#6 No More Tickets
Lottery tickets. 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’m going to buy a lotto ticket now for the first time. If I win a prize, I'll take it as a sign from you and never buy it again." I bought a ticket for three bucks, scratched it and won $500. I smiled, donated $250, and enjoyed some good food with the other half. I never bought or looked at a lottery ticket again.
#7 New Friends
I had asked the universe for a sign of good people really existing out in this world. I know it's stupid, but I struggled with making friends that weren't toxic. So, I felt like I just wasn't destined to have great friends. About two days after I asked for a sign, I went to my local park to do my daily routine of sitting down, smoking, and reading. For some strange reason, a pair of strangers came up to me and introduced themselves.
We ended up talking with each other for what felt like hours. Eventually, I had asked them why they came up to me and the guy said, “Oh. We made a deal to see if we could make any new friends and we did. You're a new friend!” After, we all walked and got some cookies and ice cream and chilled again. They both are now my closest friends and it all started because I was in the right place, and at the right time. I strongly believe that it was the universe's doing and am so grateful.
#8 Coming Together
I was in a really dark place, like the kind of place I honestly wasn’t sure I’d survive. Honestly, 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. Then, I had this strange, sunny feeling kind of leak into the darkness 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 for me to settle into that friendship and understand that they were going to stick around. But, 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 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 to that day when, as a last-ditch effort, I asked it for help.
#9 White Feather
I’m not superstitious, but my uncle is. When my grandma passed, he went to see a fortune teller who told him that anytime our family sees white feathers around, that’s grandma’s way of showing us that she’s there. I thought it was a load of trash and forgot about it. A few years later, though, I was at a music festival.
Everything was coated in dirt, churned up by thousands of people’s feet. The air was so thick with dust it was 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 crown and when I opened my eyes, there was a single white feather on the ground 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. I still have that feather.
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#10 I Am Very Cute
My wife and I were 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.
#11 Don’t Regret It
It sounds really stupid, but I was visiting my nanny and she had just spontaneously told me the story of when she was attacked. I was shocked and hadn’t ever told anyone mine. So on the drive home, I jokingly told myself, “If there’s Y in the next number plate I see on the way home, I’ll tell my boyfriend my story.” Probably nine out of ten cars had a Y on them. I think it was just a coincidence but at least I got to tell my story. I don’t regret it.
#12 Huge Storm
I had gotten a job at a retail store and went in for the orientation and training. The vibe was kind of off in the store, but I ignored it. I got to the back where the computers were, but couldn’t shake the feeling of being uncomfortable. In my head, I said, “Alright, universe. If I’m not meant to work here, show me some kind of sign. Make them send me home for the day or something.”
About an hour later, this random, huge storm rolled in and shut off the power in the store. The manager came in and told me to go home since the computers weren’t working. Because they were down, I couldn’t do my training. It was only a couple of months later and I was working at a new job that I absolutely love.
#13 Four Years Later
I was 18 years old, recently graduated from high school, and basically being forced to attend cosmetology school by my stepmom. This was all while also working a full-time job. I was exhausted all the time. My stepmom and I were very religious, but I was starting to question my faith and stopped making church a priority. This caused a lot of drama (and I think resentment) from her and my father, who worked out of the country.
While attending cosmetology school, I made friends and was starved for any sort of friendship. So, I would tell them the things I hated about my home life. They helped me start to see how toxic my parents and the situation was. I knew I had to move out. I tried to do so amicably but to no avail. In fact, my attempts to leave peacefully backfired and caused more problems.
At the time, being religious, I prayed for a way out. But my prayers rarely were answered, so I grew hopeless. After a rough few days between me and my stepmom, things came to a head one night and she called my father. They threatened for years to kick me out. This particular night when the threat entered the air, I saw it as a sign. I packed my things and was gone the next day. It's been four years and I’m now living in a different state with my husband and daughter. Our second child is due in about a month.
#14 Power Outage
My son passed away. I sat at the kitchen table in shock and 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, “Okay, I know it’s you. They came back on.” I was so overwhelmed with grief at the time. I just needed to know he was somewhere else besides in the ground because he was only in his 20s and it just wasn’t fair he was gone so young. You should never outlive your children.
#15 Cannot Connect
I asked if I should bother sending a text to my toxic ex-girlfriend. My phone responded by discharging all of its electricity through the charger port and refusing to turn it back on. Obviously, I took it as a sign and I see now how lucky I was to have supportive people help me to get away from her. I know what signs to look for and what lines don't get crossed.
#16 Ways of Connecting
My mother passed away when I was a baby, so I have no memories of her. My dad rarely talks about her as it was very painful for him. That said, I had a brutal childhood and don't really speak to my family much, so I'm an independent loner. In a moment of weakness seeking support, I asked the universe and my mother for guidance. If she really was watching over me, wake me up at exactly 3:33 a.m. that night. She proved she was there for me that night. I woke up randomly at exactly 3:33 a.m. I found more strength that night and I continue to seek ways of connecting with her.
#17 Smooth Reply
Coming out for the very first time, I was really (unnecessarily) nervous. I came out to a good friend of mine when I saw him walking around with rainbow socks. Then, I knew I would be fine. So after five minutes of awkward stumbling, I told him that I was bisexual. He just replied with a smooth, "Oh, me too haha.”
#18 Little Loveable Mutt
When I was a teenager, I had bad problems with depression and anxiety that led to very self-destructive behavior. There were many times I imagined taking my life. One night, I was set on doing it. I came home completely tipsy and sad, which was one of my methods for dealing with my emotions.
I sat in my bed crying, trying to find the courage to cut deeper and end it. Then my dog Snoopy hopped up on the bed and put his head on my lap. Thanks to him doing that, I realized that I just couldn't do that to him or to my parents and friends. He saved my life that night. The next day I decided to open up to my parents.
I asked them to help me find some help, which was a huge step forward. After that, I starting seeing a therapist and she really helped me work through a lot of things. I still struggle a bit sometimes, but I'm able to manage thanks to the help I received. I credit that little loveable mutt for me being around today.
#19 Just in Time
During one of the lowest points of my life, I often drove around for hours listening to music, not telling anyone where I was or where I was going. On one of those drives, I was trying to motivate myself into finally seeking some help. That or at least talking to people I knew about how deeply depressed I was and to stop naively driving around without telling anyone where I was going.
I thought, “I don’t know what to do anymore. God, please give me a sign or something.” “Snap Out of It” by the Arctic Monkeys came on. I was driving through a side road in the woods at this time and the road was getting really narrow and muddy. On a tight, and very muddy turn, I lost control of my car and was sliding off the road straight towards a huge tree.
Fortunately, my car stopped sliding just in time. I stared around and after realizing how close I came to a possibly fatal accident, I broke down crying. I stopped disappearing on everyone after that. After everything that happened, I realized there were people who truly cared about my wellbeing and wanted to help.
#20 I Got My Answer
Years ago, I lost my job. I was doing a lot of temp and part-time gigs, but there would be dry spells where I couldn't find anything. I liked to go on long walks, just around the city or down by the lake, maybe through a park. I'd talk with myself, have conversations with the universe. I'd ask, "Do I really have a shot at pulling my life together? Everything is so messed up. Will I find some meaning? Some direction? Or am I cursed to just wander lost till I'm eventually hit by a car or struck by lightning or caught in a fire? If that's my fate why not get it over with, either that or give me some hope to believe in." Well, a few weeks later I got my answer. I was hit by a car.
#21 Random Wind
I was about to jump from the bucket I was standing on, ready to end it. I was silently praying for any reason for staying to pop into my head. A very big, almost angry, unexpected gust of wind ripped through the woods I was in and that scared me out of it. Ironically, I slipped trying to get down but also defied physics and literally got back up on my feet. Thanks, random wind.
#22 Still Dorky
I was feeling depressed and lonely after a rough break up on top of the problems at home. I just asked the universe if there was anyone out there who could actually love a messed up person like me. A few days later, I met my now-fiancé because he wanted to know what I was sketching. We now live together and are still as dorky as the day we met.
#23 Unconditional Love
My mom has always been there for every surgery I've ever had, with the exception of this last one in November. She passed away not quite two and a half years ago. I screamed out to what others perceived as an empty room. I screamed to my mother I needed her, that I missed her and that I couldn't go through this experience without her.
I distinctly heard the sound of crystal bells being chimed (mom collected bells for 45 years). I smelled White Shoulders perfume as if I was wearing it right under my own nose (it was the only one that woman ever wore). I knew without a doubt that she had heard me and with the unconditional love between a mother and daughter, she came to be with me. I've never again heard another bell or smelled her perfume.
#24 Getting Out
20 years ago, I was married to a very toxic man. My husband left the house when my child, two years old at the time, was napping. I had a mental breakdown. I took a razor, put it next to my wrist… and my son came to me. So, I took my son and left my husband a couple of weeks later. Now, I’m happily married to an amazing man. My son is living with us, both my men are going well together, and we have a beautiful old house with a massive garden.
#25 The Right Path
Many moons ago, I used to be a pagan. I was sitting up at night, looking at the full moon and asked the universe if I was on the right path. The very next day , I got a call from someone I literally hadn’t heard from in over six months. They called me up and said, "I know this is weird, but I have the strongest feeling telling me to tell you that you're on the right path. I don't know why I have to tell you this, but I do and it has to be today.” Yeah, that was pretty weird. I don’t know, weird things happen I guess.
#26 Right on Schedule
I asked the universe for a sign of whether or not I should continue with my graduate studies as planned. That evening, I went for a walk with my friend through the local cemetery, and while off the trail, we walked past a gravestone with my professor's actual full name on it. I so shook that I didn't even say anything. I stayed with my plans and am now on schedule to graduate this summer.
#27 Meeting My Soulmate
I remember how I was done with dating. I said to myself, "If there’s truly someone out there for me then give me sign, universe.” After I said that, I headed back to sleep. Around 3:00 a.m., I received a message on Discord. A girl who had seen a post of mine responded and we started talking. That's how I met my soulmate.
#28 Two Quarters
I was born and raised in the Midwest, but my husband is from New England. I had always wanted to live near the ocean, so we figured we would move to his home state after we got married. Neither of us were getting any job offers and couldn't afford to move without one. I ended up putting applications from Maine down the seaboard to North Carolina. The first place that offered me a job was in Maryland. We were struggling with whether I should accept it because it's removed from all of our family. Baltimore doesn't have a great reputation and it would mean moving one week after being offered the job.
I asked the universe for some guidance. Any sign that we should go or stay, and I'd listen. I worked at a gas station and was exchanging a dollar bill for quarters for myself. The first two quarters I pulled were my home state and Maryland. So, I took that as a sign and moved here five and a half months ago. There are a ton of things being here has provided us, but the biggest one is that the insurance through my job helps pay for fertility treatments (IVF). We could never have afforded it otherwise, so we wouldn't have our children.
#29 Sweet Child of Mine
I was only 19 and discovered I was pregnant. I was terrified and had no idea what to do. I only found out shortly before a shift at my job, so I had to pull it together and walk to work. I looked up and thought "God, please show me what I should do." As I did every time I walked to work, I put my headphones in with my music player on shuffle. The first song that came on? “Sweet Child O Mine.” Seven years later, he's the best thing that ever happened to me. I love telling this story, even though it's a bit cheesy!
#30 Positive Change
When I was about 11, I prayed because I wanted more religion in my life. I don’t remember if I prayed for church or God or the exact prayer. The next week I was invited to a church summer camp. I went to that church for five more years. I got rides at first and then drove myself. Now, I no longer attend church and no longer believe the teachings of that church, but it was exactly what I needed at that point. It changed me in a positive way.
#31 Lucky Penny
Almost two years ago, I was having a rough time emotionally. I never got to see my husband with my crazy hours while making minimum wage. The very few friends I had were toxic, the new manager was horrendous, and I was going through a pit of depression. My husband and I finally had a free day and decided to take a stroll through the park.
As I was grabbing my bag, I asked the universe for good news, specifically requesting to make a genuine friend. I stumbled upon the all-too-familiar lucky penny. I always leave them for others to enjoy, so I took a photo of it as I strongly felt that it would be significant at a later time. Two weeks later, I found out I was six weeks pregnant.
#32 Subtle but Obvious
When I was about 13, I asked the universal creator to show me a sign it was true and not a big myth. I just said it and let it go. A couple of minutes passed by and I got an urge to close the window in the room I was sitting in. When I looked over to the window, it closed on its own. It wasn’t creepy at all and I actually just felt cool contentment. It was like a reminder of how I asked for some signs to know. It wasn’t a big situation, it was subtle enough but obvious enough for me.
#33 Life’s Too Short
I asked the universe for a sign about where my relationship was going with my first husband. I was driving at the time and not two minutes after I asked it, my exit came up. But, the light was literally a sign about affordable divorce. You didn’t need to tell me twice. I filed the following week and it was the best decision of my life. Life is too short to spend it with someone you shouldn’t be with.
#34 Keeping the Fight
I was 19 and started the process of taking my life when my dog came to tell me she needed to go out. I realized how much I loved her and that she needed me to take care of her with how old she was. So, I decided to postpone until after she passed. She passed a few years later, but I’ve kept up the fight. In five months, it’ll be 10 years since she passed.
#35 Always Present
My sister lost her husband at the age of 32. I slept at her house the night he passed away. I slept with my two-year-old niece and my sister slept with her four-year-old son. Shortly after my niece fell asleep, she started swatting at her face and giggling in her sleep saying, "No more kisses, daddy." Talking to my sister the next morning, she told me that shortly after her son fell asleep, he randomly stood up in his bed and cried out, "I love you too, daddy.” He then went back to sleep.
#36 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 toxic relationship. 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. When I came to, there were these three hillbilly men surrounding me, fanning me, and 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 then 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.
#37 Birthday Visit
I’m not a religious person, but my mother was very sick in the hospital. Her birthday was the next day, and I was planning on seeing her that day for a visit in the hospital. I decided to pray that she made it to her birthday just so I can see her and that she could have one last birthday. I went to see her. Sadly, she wasn't awake from all the medication, but I spoke to her for a while. She grabbed my hand in her somewhat asleep state. She passed away around 1:00 a.m., an hour after her birthday had ended.
#38 Speed Limit
I was up to exceeding the speed limit with my motorcycle when a bunch of deer crossed the road. If I had decided to a second earlier, I could've lost my life up against those deer. Luckily, I didn't and could slow down enough to not harm any animal. Instead, I enjoyed a scenic ride and am all the better for it.
#39 To This Day
Leaving my ex. I couldn't leave as my grandmothers’ jewelry was lost in our house. They passed away and I felt they were watching over me as I found the box of jewelry in a place I'd checked 100 times. At that point, I walked out with the clothes on my back, my dog, and a few belongings. I had to escape the toxic, gaslighting environment. I'm now married to an amazing man and emigrating from my home country. To this day, I believe it was a sign to say it was time to leave.
#40 That Ambulance
I was in a bad time of my life. I grew up quite naive sheltered. So, when my first boyfriend broke up with me, it was the worst thing that ever happened to me. He was my first and I took it very seriously, so it made it 1000x worse. I already had depression, but this knocked me into a self-destructive territory. I wasn’t sleeping, lost 20 pounds because I wouldn’t eat, felt weak, and just didn’t want to be here anymore. I felt like no one cared and I just wanted someone to hold me and tell me that I would be okay.
I like to drive and blast my music when I’m upset to unwind. So, I started to drive on the highway and I decided I was finally going to end it. Minutes before veering off the highway, I looked in my rearview mirror and saw an ambulance behind me. I had never seen an ambulance on the highway that didn’t have its signal going and immediately broke down and cried.
The ambulance was just cruising behind me. I took that as a sign that the universe did care and that I was significant. So, I drove home to my mother and told her I needed help. I was taken to the hospital, put on medication and went to therapy for my underlying issues and depression. A year and a half later, I’m off medication, no longer need therapy, and currently thriving! That ambulance truly saved me that day.
#41 Five-Dollar Bill
I was broke and wished out loud to find some money. I started walking and saw a five-dollar bill on the ground. My heart was racing. When I went to pick it up, I noticed it was just trash. Three steps further, I found a real bill. What are the odds of finding money when you just wished for it desperately? What are the odds to get fooled in finding money and find it five seconds later for real? I still think about it from time to time. It happened over ten years ago.
#42 Going Home
When the Boston marathon tragedy happened, I recall a decision about 15 minutes prior as to whether or not to go watch the marathon from the finish line or go home. As I was considering the decision, I got a headache and decided to go home. Within 30 seconds of leaving the elevator and walking into my house, the first bomb detonated.
#43 Golden Tail
During a hopeless and awful time, I was walking home in the middle of the night. I asked for a sign that things would get better. Immediately, the sky lit up. A meteorite with a long, golden tail briefly zipped across the horizon right in front of me. The day after, things started getting better. I'll never forget it.
#44 In the Clouds
Not me, but my girlfriend. When we met I was on holiday, but we stayed in contact until she moved to where I am now. One day she was like, "The most unbelievable thing happened.” She was in her yard doing whatever, looked up, and saw my name in the sky. I thought, "Yeah sure. Girls, am I right? She then sent me a picture and the clouds straight up spelled out my name, clear as day.
#45 Radio Show
I was driving to the first day of my new job and feeling really nervous. It was like nothing was going to go right and they’d figure out immediately that I wasn’t the right choice. So, I figured I’d ring up to play the morning quiz on the radio. I got through, pulled over on the side of the road… and won $100! I felt like that was a bit of a sign because I’d always thought about doing it before but never did it. I’m still at my job seven months later and doing well!
#46 In the Air
It was the summer after my sophomore year of college. I stayed home for college while all my friends left. That summer, we would spend hours together at night, the four of us. We would stay up until 4:00 a.m. hanging out in my friend’s playroom from growing up. One night around 1:00 a.m., I smelt something weird in the air. I felt like I needed to go home, so I walked into my parents’ house to my dad unresponsive on the couch due to a meningitis infection in his brain. We got an ambulance and the ER doctor saved my dad’s life that night. I often smell the air now.
#47 Call From a Friend
My best friend passed away a few years ago. He was the love of my life and promised to always be there for me. When he passed, I really struggled to find a reason not to join him. One really hard night shortly afterward, I was doing chores and broke down. I think it was the mundanity of it all and the fact that he was still gone. I begged whoever was listening to give me a sign not to join him. I screamed into the empty room to just give me one good reason. At that moment, I got a call from a friend saying she loved me and told me she had a bad feeling. It was insane. She and I don’t talk anymore, but I’m still grateful for her and what she did that day.
#48 Favorite Song
A week and a half ago, I went to get my first tattoo. When the artist was about to start, the radio started playing my grandfather's favorite song. (He passed away almost five years ago). I took it as a sign that he was there, supporting me the whole time and it got me through everything. And now, I really love my tattoo!
#49 Unknown Number
My partner and I were best friends for years before we got together. As often happens, we drifted apart. One day, I was having a horrific day and ended up out for a walk. As I was walking, I thought, if only I could talk to him, he'd somehow make everything seem okay. I didn't want to bother him though, so I didn't text him. About a minute later, my phone buzzed and it was a text from an unknown number. It was a text that just said, “Yes?” I realized it was his number. We ended up talking every day again and started dating about a month after.
#50 Genius of Love
A few years ago, I had to put my dog, Coco, down. Moments before that, I was talking to her and asked her to show me some sort of sign that she was okay, that she made it to the other side safely. I said my goodbyes and the vet put her down. When I got in my car, the song “Genius of Love” came on. The first thing I heard once the ignition switched over was, “I’m in heaven.” Everything was okay after that.