Do you think that our lives are set out before we are born, and things are ‘just meant to be’? That’s what we mean by ‘fate’, a force beyond our control that determines our future. Gabriela has been thinking about this since her English class held a discussion on the topic, and she shares her thoughts with us.
Nelson Mandela once said, “I am the master of my Fate and the captain of my destiny.” People say that your fate is out of your control and that things are meant to be, but is that really true? Is your future really out of your control? The truth is, whatever you might think about fate, it’s important to realise that your choices in life influence your future and you can’t just rely on ‘fate’ to bring you to where you want to be in life.
For example, in the famous story of Romeo and Juliet, people say that the young couple had an unfortunate fate but when you look back on the story, you can see that there were many choices made by the characters that could have prevented the fate of Romeo and Juliet. If Romeo had chosen not to kill Tybalt, then he wouldn’t have been banished and Juliet wouldn’t have made the plan which failed so tragically…
With this in mind, think about your own life. What choices will you make now that could affect your future? The choice to revise for exams can dramatically affect your results and your future. Imagine if you didn’t get into the university you wanted to get into because of your exam results. If you had made the choice to work harder before your exams could you have a different future?
Your teenage years are arguably the most important years of your life. It’s now that you really become an individual and it is what happens to you now that can shape your future.
You are ultimately in control of your future. Make the right choices for you.
Gabriella is 14 and was inspired to write this article by a discussion in her English class. Do you believe in fate?
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