I’m a believer in the adage that you have to make your own fortune.
Of course, luck plays a huge part, as do the circumstances you are born into, not to mention the opportunities that you have access to. I am not so daft that I don’t realise how much easier it is for some than it is for others; I appreciate that some people coast through a life full of ease where others are born into poverty, hardship and graft.
But at the same time, we each play a part in the direction of our own lives. The choices we make, and what we do, are down to each of us. I’m sure we have all encountered in our lives two people have similar backgrounds, opportunities in life, skills and attributes… yet one of them never strives to improve or change their situation, often bemoans the hand he’s been dealt, and plods through life as though he had no means to shape it, the other expends all the energy (and hard work) needed to change what he can change, actively chasing what he wants even when that means opening himself up to the risk of failure or ridicule… and, whilst everything may not happen just as he wishes it, he directs his own fate to a greater degree.
Sometimes we are lucky, and it’s a warm sunny day as the ship docks to the harbour right at our feet… all we need do is take a tiny step forward and there we are, safely on deck.
Other times, we have to swim for miles out to sea through a howling gale to finally clamber onboard, cold, wet and half-drowned… but we made it onto the damn ship!
This pretty harbour is in Iceland, a country with so much natural beauty it’s hard to describe without resorting to the most hackneyed of clichés!
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