“I shall seize fate by the throat.” ― Ludwig van Beethoven
“Destiny is for losers. It’s just a stupid excuse to wait for things to happen instead of making them happen.” – Blair Waldorf
I just used the Beethoven quote when discussing Beethoven.
Here I am using Beethoven and Blair <from Gossip Girl> to make a point.
Whoda thunk Gossip Girl and Beethoven would be used together to make a thoughtful point.
Fate & destiny.
It’s easy to think of these things as some invisible hand guiding our direction in life.
<note: I wrote another thought on this discussing the links of coincidence and fate: http://brucemctague.com/coincidence-and-fate >
I like the thought that we have some destiny … some fate … awaiting us. That there is some reason for being here.
Every. Single. One. Of. Us.
The struggle I imagine I have in my head is that I like doing … and not waiting. And the thought of permitting something theoretical like ‘fate’ or ‘destiny’ to take me by the hand and lead me somewhere doesn’t sit well with me. And I also imagine that part of Life is figuring all this shit out.
And, frankly, I don’t think I am unusual in this type of thinking.
We have a tendency to use terms like fate & destiny in hindsight … ‘it was fate’ … or … ‘it was my <or his or her> destiny.’
And when you recognize that fact <looking in the rear view mirror> then you have nowhere else to go thoughtwise then to keep moving and not waiting.
You can wait.
You can do.
You can permit fate … or what ‘is supposed to be’ dictate your future.
You can seize fate by the throat and refuse to let destiny live … as it currently exists.
Life is sometimes meant to be battled, wrestled and yes … even grabbed by its throat … to get what you want out of it.
Sometimes you have to be stubborn and always you have to be at minimum an active participant … and at maximum you have to be an active combatant.
I began with Beethoven because he used his stubbornness to strengthen him and he came to terms with his deafness in a dynamic, constructive way.
Free me of only half this affliction and I shall be a complete, mature man. You must think of me as being as happy as it is possible to be on this earth – not unhappy. No! I cannot endure it. I will seize Fate by the throat. It will not wholly conquer me! Oh, how beautiful it is to live – and live a thousand times over!
he seized fate by the throat … shook it mercillesly … and plunged into composing <the rest of his Life>.
Mentally his thoughts are captured in these words:
“Ah, it seemed impossible to leave the world until I had produced all that I felt called upon me to produce.” – Beethoven
Blair from Gossip girl … not as eloquently … simply suggests that destiny is for losers.
We will not all be Beethoven or Blair personally … but we can all certainly embrace the attitude.
If you are eager to accomplish great deeds … heck … accomplish any deeds then Fate sometimes needs to be seized by the throat.
You know … I imagine we all have to believe in some way we are here for a reason.
And that is where Fate or Destiny resides.
Fate and destiny are the end accomplishment.
But it’s kind of up to you to figure out what that destination is.
Fate or destiny is quiet fellows.
They tend to keep their thoughts to themselves.
They have a tendency to hide so you can’t sit them down and say ‘what is my fate?’ … ‘what is my destiny?’ … ‘tell me where to go’.
Sometimes you kind of have to reach out blindly … grab the sonuvabitches by the throat and say ‘here is my fate’ … this is my destiny.’
Trust me on this.
If you do that … fate or destiny … as they struggle for some air … will tell you of you are being stupid with what you are thinking … or you are on the right path.
I imagine it is easier to suggest that theoretically they are waiting somewhere for you to welcome you when you get there.
It would be a shitload easier if the bastards would actually tell us … maybe even send a short email suggesting some things … but they don’t.
And will not <if you are waiting expecting them to>.
You are here to accomplish something.
You are here to do something that will ‘echo into eternity’.
It may not be a 9th symphony.
It may not even be a moment in the spotlight as a gossip girl.
You should refuse to settle for anything less than what you believe your reason to be here is.
In the end.
Beethoven did say it best.
“Fate shall certainly not bend and crush me completely.”