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Destiny, fate, and a chosen path.

For those are all common topics in yesterday’s and today’s society. We start seeing them from a young age; they’re often used as the driving force behind many popular fantasy novels. The chosen hero. The hero’s journey. The maiden destined to save the world.  Meeting a lover, not by chance, but because it was written in the stars.

The problem arises when it starts being connected to religious beliefs. We may not be destined to worship any one god. We may not be destined to just serve beneath one maker or ethereal being. We are definitely not destined to reject spirituality. And we are destined to seek our destiny and understand the greater context of it. In fact, we’ll never be privy to knowing what our destiny is if we are not breaking out from prescribed paths and walk towards our chosen and given destination.

Unlike in stories, we rarely get to hear the prophecy created at our birth. There’s no ancient stone table to tell us what choice we need to make. Humans have to play a guessing game. Is it this? Is it that? Is it something that we will ever actually understand?

Religion is a man-made concept. Destiny is eternity’s brand.

Despite what some might lead you to believe, the two don’t actually connect. There’s a gap between them, as long and wide as the Grand Canyon; as difficult to breach as the gap between reality and the world featured in your fantasy novel. At times, our religious views might walk on the edge of that canyon, but they’re never able to truly cross over it, or even to slip into it. Destiny and religion are two very different things. In my book, destiny is the source, and religion is an extension.

Humans are just – well, we’re desperate at times. We want to find validation. We want to hear that we’re making the right choice. So we search for our destiny like it’s a frog that can be caught at a pond. Sometimes, we think that we’ve made it onto our destined path. Believing that can make you feel better. It can make you feel like you’re finally ready to face down the world, and defend your beliefs, decisions, and thought processes.

Is it the truth? Maybe, it’s just one more concept that we’re chasing after in an attempt to quell our constantly spinning mind. Maybe, it’s more real than anything else we perceive as knowledge?

Try looking back. And then follow your path so far through the lens of a retrospective.

Can you see your destiny?

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