Destiny and Fate

Christine Alfery

Posted on May 02 2022

Destiny and Fate

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As a “wordy,” I began to think about the word, “destiny.” When I begin to think of words, I ask myself, “What is the opposite of destiny and what other words are used instead of it?”

The opposite of destiny is predetermination. Another word associated with destiny is fate.

How these two words, destiny and fate, are defined make them completely different and not synonymous with each other. Fate is more like chance, karma or luck. Destiny can also be like chance, karma or luck. However, when predetermination enters the arena with destiny, the meaning and way to understand the two words changes. There are choices when one uses the word destiny. There are no choices when one uses the word fate. All aspects of our lives are because of our decisions. These decisions gradually make up who we are and where we want to be. All our friends, our status, our jobs, our reputation and our character are based on our decisions. Therefore, we create our own destiny. We cannot make our own fate. There’s a big difference.

How does this work for me? I do not believe in fate. I do know that chance affects some of my choices. I do not believe in predetermination.For example, I don’t believe God predetermined what my life would be like. I do believe that God has given me the free will to make my own choices and they will in turn, affect my life my destiny.

For as long as I remember, I have chosen to be an artist. Just about everything that has happened to me has been based on my choices. I believe it is my destiny to be an artist.

I kind of like the way that all came together.


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