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Life, Fate, and Decisions
While fifteen may be considered young by most, through my many experiences with
life’s surprise, I believe that while fate controls your life, you must also take it into your own
hands in order to live life to the fullest.
The first time I ever entered a USTA tournament, a major competition for the most
competitive tennis players, I was twelve years old and I was up against the number one player. I
was sure I was going to lose but I still tried my hardest on the off chance that I could cheat fate.
Indeed, I was able to do just that and ended up winning in three sets. The final scored were 4-6,
7-6, and 7-5.
Another example of an experience I have had that affirms my belief has to do with
grades. Normally I go to extra help in classes that I find challenging. Because I felt my Spanish
class last year was so easy, however, I did not bother to go to get extra help, assuming
incorrectly that I would get an “A”. Imagine my dismay when my “easy A” became a C+. I
realized that I had assumed that fate would take care of my grade for me, and did not bother to
take my grade into my own hands. Had I done this, I probably would have the desired “A”.
Fate also contributed to my last relationship. It brought me together with a very nice girl
that I met at a fundraiser; the last place I would have expected to meet anyone. After talking for
several hours on the phone over a five day period, I knew that after our first date she would say
yes when I asked her out. That did not stop me, however, from being a gentleman and making
the date as enjoyable as possible for her. By taking my future into my own hands, but believing
in destiny, I contributed to getting myself a girlfriend. While it is very possible that this would
have occurred anyways, I sealed the deal by taking the initiative.
In conclusion, all of these things may not have turned out as they did had I not believed
in fate and decided to take things into my own hands.