Written By: Austin Szubryt:
To a degree, we are not masters of our fates. We were never given the opportunity to pick where we born and what our home was like. We cannot control how tall we are, how athletic we are, how smart we are, and so on. Some people are born as geniuses and relatively flawless; sometimes genes seem to work out perfectly. For just about everyone else, though, things aren’t as easy. We don’t grasp material or learn particularly quickly; it takes a lot more effort to reach the same heights.
So life is unfair, I know. Believe me; I would love to be naturally smarter and way more efficient. But there’s nothing I can do change that. I am in no control of whether or not I reach six feet tall or get exceptional scores on standardized tests without preparation. For a while, I felt like nature dictated our destiny rather than nurture.
The more I learn and grow, however, the better my perspective becomes. Starting a few years ago, I made my motto, “If I’m an idiot, then I want to be the best idiot in the world!” Although most people, at least hopefully, would consider me far from a dunce, I use it as a reminder. Whenever I would do poorly, and know that the mistakes were clearly my fault, I felt like a fool. So I promised myself that I will try my best, if only because I didn’t want to be ashamed of bad work.
To a degree, we are masters of our fates. We choose how we live. We play the cards we’re dealt, for better or worse. We decide to join activities or study or hang out with friends. We pick how we spend our time, even if others tell us what we’re supposed to do. We are given the options to obey or disobey, which a giant spectrum in between. We select how we spend our time; studying, playing, relaxing, working, pretty much anything.
While the numbers and classifications society, and ourselves, label us under are pretty inflexible, we create our personalities. We elect to be strong and do the “right” thing or fall to temptation and regret our actions. We can try to be funny or studious or whatever, and for the most part we choose who we become. Even if we can’t choose who we were or who we are, we can change who we will be. I might be a nincompoop today, but I’ll do my darndest to be the smartest simpleton I could ever be.
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