Last night was family movie night in my house. We watched Forrest Gump. A classic. I was struck by the use of the word "destiny" as it seemed that the main characters: Forrest, Jenny, Bubba, and Lieutenant Dan were all searching for their destinies.
It's like that in life, isn't it? We are all traveling along our independent journey, interacting with others, searching for what moves us, what speaks to us, what propels into the future version of ourselves.
Do we wait for destiny to find us, perhaps taking the more self-destructive route in life like Jenny did before she finally found peace with herself and her life? Do we follow the journey that was set before us by our ancestors like Bubba was determined to do with shrimping or like Lieutenant Dan had planned to do with dying in the battle field of Vietnam? Do we struggle when life changes the destiny we were seeking?
Williams Jennings Bryan once said: "Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."
What choices will you make in reaching your destiny? Will you sacrifice sleep to get there? Will you choose to cheat against the grind of life to create the destiny you see in your future? Who will you choose to allow in your life to help you on your way? Where will you choose to go (or stay) in order to fulfill the dream of your destiny?
Will you follow Williams' advice and achieve or will you wait for destiny to come to you, to beckon to your call and knock upon your door?