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Sanjida Khan

Don't you think it would be nice if you knew what to expect? How about if you could create your own future? If you could live your dream instead of having to accept whatever it dished out? Just imagine for a minute, what that would be like if that were really possible? Wouldn't you like to be able to create a new destiny or change your fate, one in which you personally get to choose what happens to you? Now let's not get into that. Ups and downs, success and failure, sorrow and happiness are meant to be a part of this adventurous and rewarding journey of life.

Life is an amazing journey full of surprises. Yet, it seems sometimes no matter how hard we try; things don't turn out like we plan. Some people spend their whole lives trying to control every aspect of their existence; and find that they are getting nowhere. I bet you know someone like this. Always anxious or mad at the world because they have not gotten what they think they deserve. The problem with living this way is the inability to see the big picture, and therefore, what lies around the corner. It's been rightly said by someone “What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate.”

Fate is a friendly nudge in the right direction. It calls us to attention, and just knocks us back onto the path when we stray from our true purpose. Some of us realise it while others just don't care! What fate brings to us, sometimes hurts, but sadly it is often only through hardship that we discover our inner strength and capabilities to achieve great things. There are so many of us who are wandering around aimlessly through life, wondering where we are meant to go, and dangerously looking at other people's Stars and wishing they were ours. We ask a multitude of questions about our Destiny, but rarely if ever hear or even listen for the answers, for they don't come as a sudden flash of lightening out of a cloud! Answers can only be heard by getting to know ourselves really well; finding out what we really want and going after it with complete commitment; believing in ourselves and our capabilities, and learning to listen to our intuition.

Fortune doesn't favour those who sit idle at home, merely hoping that luck will some day appear to favour them. However, chances and incidents play an important part in man's life. This truth can't be totally ruled out. Sometimes it is seen that a man on the street has been able to accumulate huge wealth through a sudden legacy, either from an unforeseen source like an unknown forefather or by a lottery, or through some uncalled-for show of benevolence by a stranger. All this may happen all on a sudden, and merely by luck. It's something like once in a blue moon. One can't expect to see such miraculous incidents every morning.

There exist contradictory views about the success of a person in his life. But the fact remains that success in life comes only to those who do their best for it, not depending merely on luck. As Longfellow has said, the fate is the common fate of all, into each life some rain must fall.

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