Yes, I believe in destiny within the limits life imposes. Life is something that was forced upon us. We had no say in the matter. We were afforded no opportunity for a “trial run.” We were not allowed a menu of options to choose from regarding our culture, physical attributes, or the country of our birth. We were forced to accept life and whatever condition in which we found ourselves. So these things suggest to us that destiny is beyond our control.
There are all types of books on the market and all kinds of articles on the net that will try to convince us that we are the determiners of our own destiny. You may have encountered titles such as "Embrace Your Destiny," Choose Your Destiny," Discover Your Destiny," or "Manifest Your Destiny." Curious minds want to know, "Am I responsible for my own destiny? Is it true that what is written in my genes is my destiny?
My response is simple. I can attempt to embrace my destiny or choose my destiny or look at family genetics, and yet the fact remains that life is risk filled. There is a certain degree of risk taking in every venture we pursue. And we never have total security within ourselves for we know that every moment we live our lives are in constant danger. A stray bullet may hit us, a car emerging from nowhere may crush us, a clumsy slip of the foot may incapacitate us, a natural disaster may kill us. 9/11 victims were simply performing their jobs and expecting to return home as usual when death arrived on the scene of their lives and tap them on the shoulder. I sense they all would tell us, destiny is not in our control.