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Controlling Your Own Destiny

Here is a definition of the word, “Destiny”: 

the events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future

There are many movies that have been made about changing “destiny”.  One of the most heart-warming flicks was the holiday movie starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  Other movies focusing on changing destiny include “The Butterfly Effect”, “Mr. Destiny”, “Serendipity” and “The Family Man”.  

So, here is a question that will spark some debate:  Does the concept of “destiny” really exist?  Will events “necessarily” happen to each of us in the future? 

Some people will argue that we create our own destinies, i.e. the things we do will influence pretty much everything that happens to us in the future.  Contrarily, other people believe in a true destiny, i.e. no matter what we do, the things/events that are destined for our future will take place no matter what.

Medically, I have a sort of mixed opinion on this.  I believe that genetics play a large role in what may transpire in the future from a health standpoint.  When a patients tells me that pretty much every member of their family eventually dies from a stroke or heart attack, unfortunately, that patient has a high probability of suffering a stroke or heart attack in the future.

However, how we “treat” our own bodies will play a role in our health “destiny” as well.  Clearly, the person with poorly controlled diabetes, elevated blood pressure, history of smoking and high cholesterol is probably “destined” for an earlier death from cardiovascular disease than another person without these maladies.

Now, to weight control:  Your successful weight control journey will change your health “destiny”.  There is no doubt that your future will have a much less probability of developing the weight-related co-morbidities that adversely impact our lives.

We cannot change the genetic aspect of our health destiny but we can control many other aspects of our lives that will impact our future health and happiness.  Stay focused!

And for you Lionel Richie fans out there (including me) here is “My Destiny”.

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