“No one can escape time. It delivers us all to the same end.” That’s a quote I saw in the video game Persona 3 that my daughter had me play last night. She asked me earlier if I wanted to play a game with her, and I said “you know I’m not any good at video games.” She replied, “oh, but you’d be good at this game. It doesn’t require any skill.” Um, thanks? Anyway, I loved that quote and it tied in with something that’s been on my mind lately, and also coincides with this week’s Blogo topic.
Is life random? And if time delivers us all to the same end, is that end the destiny we were meant to fulfill? We cannot escape what we were destined to do, no matter how many – or which – lifetime(s) it takes us.
I don’t think we’re just taking a random walk through life. I believe our paths, and the timing of our physical end in the bodies we now possess, were decided before we took our very first breath of air. Our past, our purpose and our future are written in the stars, predetermined by Fate. Many of us spend our entire lifetime seeking our purpose in life. Some believe they’ve found it, but perhaps others are living out that purpose without realizing it, that they are in fact doing what they were meant to do.
Are people born to randomly come into their accomplishments? Or were they hand-picked by a higher entity to achieve a specific purpose? Maybe they are born into a new beginning to complete what they hadn’t accomplished in a past life. What if we’re not assigned to a specific cause, but were placed on this earth to love and guide one specific person? People talk of soul mates, but I don’t think of soul mates in the sense that two lovers reunite in heaven to live out eternity happily ever after. The term “soul mate” doesn’t have to equate to eternal romantic coupling.
Perhaps what it means to be a person’s soul mate doesn’t have anything to do with romance, but rather to be the nurturer and lover (again, not in a physical manner) of a person by connecting with their soul, understanding and meeting the needs of the soul and being a constant presence in their life throughout eternity. And through our purpose and actions, that person– now or in a future lifetime – achieves their intended purpose. Just because we don’t see the end result doesn’t mean things didn’t happen exactly as they were intended. Life carries on in a domino effect, but something before us had to put that first domino into place and strategically lay out each one. The chain of events is not limited to what our minds accept as fact, nor does it end when our bodies do.
We are living in this present lifetime, but I don’t believe it’s the only one our souls know. Every year we amass countless memorable moments. As the years go by, our minds forget a lot of those moments, but our souls never do. Whether it’s an uncanny sense of déjà-vu, or meeting someone that you instantly connect with or swear you met before (was that really random?) or an unexplainable yearning or soul-touching connection to a city or state or country that you’ve never been to before, perhaps there’s a reason for all of that.
Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul.* If our purpose and destiny are written in the stars, and stars lie hidden in our soul, and our soul has no beginning and no end, then neither does our journey. It is in us, but it is bigger than us. The question is – is it random? It could be that we are living out life exactly as we were meant to, we just don’t know it yet.
© Dahlia Ramone: October 24, 2020 (modified, originally written June 9, 2015)
This was written for Blogophilia Topic: Writer’s Choice
Topic: Reincarnation (I’m reincarnating an old blog)
(1) Mention Fate
(2) Include a video game (Persona 3)
Originally written for Blogophilia Topic:
A Random Walk Through Life
Use a quote by Mother Teresa
“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul.” *