I believe that fate is an excuse. It’s a made up concept to abandon all responsibility for your future. If you think that no matter what, something will end up happening, what’s the point in trying? In reality, you have to make it happen. Your “fate” is in your own hands. In a world of nearly infinite possibilities, the idea that there is a predetermined destiny for everyone is, at best, questionable.
Over a year ago, I made an active choice to become more dedicated to running. I had been running for a few years before that, but I only realized that I wanted it that much at the beginning of that winter track season. That entire winter, I never missed a day of practice. I ran exactly how I was supposed to and what I was supposed to, down to the exact mileage and pace. Running became who I was. I thought I had done everything perfectly, and I believed that the upcoming track season would be the season I became varsity, or at least, close to it.
Instead, I got a stress fracture a week before the first race. I was out for months, and it even affected the cross country season after it. I believed, at the time, that I was “destined,” for lack of better word, to become varsity yet I didn’t. It made me realize that what was meant to happen might not always. After that, fate just didn’t seem to be something real or possible.
Now, there are indeed several counterarguments to this. It can be argued that whatever happens in the end could be “fate,” that whatever happens in the end is what is meant to be, and that everything that happened along the way was supposed to. I feel that this argument devoids the word of all meaning. It’s a lame excuse to try and justify something that isn’t there. Just because it might make sense doesn’t mean it’s real. Someone might also argue that I’m confusing expectation with fate, which is probably true to some extent. I have been defining it as what people think will happen in the end, which is essentially what expectations are. If anything, though, that strengthens my argument. There isn’t a definite chance that anything will happen, just a high probability, which is what you base your expectations off of. Expectations are very real. Fate is not.
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