Do you believe in fate? Do you think life is mapped out or do we get a choice in how it unfolds?
If Tarot has taught me anything it's that nothing is finite. I use to think fate played a huge hand in life and that "everything happens for a reason." While I still believe that mantra, I now see it from a different perspective. Yes, everything does happen for a reason, but we're also in (almost) complete control of our lives. There will be roadblocks and forks that ask us to choose one side of the coin or the other, but the choice is ultimately our's. Time, environment, and resources play a role, but we still have the power to manifest change if it's what we truly desire. The hardships, joys, and choices thrown at us are meant to make us think and question our motives, thereby "happening for a reason," but they never dictate our choices; only we have the power to do that.
A perfect example is me landing here in Chicago. Without having to put much effort into the process, I went from living in Michigan with only a far-fetched dream of moving somewhere else to landing a job promotion, a beautiful apartment, and a new city in just a matter of weeks. I went from Michigander to Chicagoan without having to fight too hard for it, and the whole process even today seems like "fate." Everything played out so easily that it's hard to ignore the feeling that my moving here was meant to be.
However, despite everything falling into place the way it did and my life unfolding in the way it has, the decision to move here was ultimately mine. The Universe helped make the decision a little easier than for most and was clearly showing me a path that would be beneficial to me, but i didn't HAVE to listen. I could have decided it wasn't for me and stayed in Michigan, playing out and exploring the path that I was already on. Would it have been better for me? Arguably no, but that's a question I'll never truly know the answer to.
So, what choices have you made? What in your life has felt like fate only to be recognized as the result of past decisions or a specific choice made? Do you believe in fate or is it all cosmic serendipity? Sound off below and let me know!
Until next time.