Nothing in life is constant. Everything is constantly changing–every molecule of a body, every thought, every emotion, every plan. Our ever-changing lives resemble anything but a stationary lump of rock. Yet, even a lump of rock is not actually stationary.
Destiny, fate, or whatever you call the seemingly predestined plans for every life, are merely signposts that mark the beginning of a fork, an intersection with numerous different paths leading to a gazillion different outcomes. You cannot tell what makes what happen, what turns something or someone into something or someone else, what changes what. You can only make your own decisions and expect a shadow of a certain outcome which may or may not be the case in later reality. How you define yourself today may have nothing to do with the person you are five years from the present. Some traits stay, some do not. You should not delve into the past and vilify yourself for the mistakes you made a lifetime ago.
What is left, then, when you turn to ash? How many people actually leave behind a legacy and positively affect the society we are living in? What about the rest of us–the average ones struggling to make a decision in order to alter the disappointing outcome from a previous decision which stems from a false belief that resides in the mind of a completely different person that is once ourselves?
© 2017 Cassian Vu