A conversation that I had recently had with some friends triggered a question in my mind on a subject that has not been, probably, given the deserved consideration: “Is there such thing as destiny?”

Some may argue there isn’t. Some may say that our entire lives are based on destiny. And some may even add reliable arguments to their assumption. But, what is in fact destiny, a word so simple, yet so controversial? By definition, destiny represents “a predetermined course of events considered as something beyond human power or control”. Or, more beautifully stated by John Lennon: “There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be”.

Destiny by Veronica Panita

The question that lies hanging is whether we do have a choice of our own when it comes to making our own decisions, or do we face a premature written journal for each and every of us? My belief goes to the latter, that is, I consider that we are only left with the impression that we have a choice between two or more issues, when in fact the decision has been made for us in advance. I’m not saying that my assumption is wrong nor right; it is but an opinion. Still, to continue my presumption on destiny, the only thing left to discuss is the free will, since the probability of destiny would expel the idea of free will.

On the other hand, there’s a third type of answer to the above-stated question: yes and no. In other words, we face two destinies and no destiny at all. The first is when we check in (at birth), the second when we check out (at the end of life), and what lies in between it’s only free will, serendipity, coincidences. 

However, saying that everything is preset might raise yet another question: “What would then be the point of living? Why not just sit on the couch and wait for destiny to hit us?” Well, I believe that’s just life’s way of saying “Eh…”; one of the many mysteries it possesses and no matter how hard we try to fight it, destiny does exist. After all, we’re just human beings with a limited amount of power and control over our own actions.

So, I’m asking you, is there such thing as destiny or is this yet another means of justifying our failures?