Does everything happen for a reason?

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Ian Massaro, Reporter

Envision a cool autumn day. The gentle fall breeze is mildly caressing the leaves on the tree just outside 16 year old Bryce Williams’ home. He decides it’s a great idea to go for a jog to one of his favorite parks. So, he grabs his sweatshirt and heads out the door. Arriving to the park, he takes notice of the sun setting behind the trees of the neighboring woods. The sunset, so alluring, causes him to come to a halt. Stagnant while taking in the sight, he hears a female voice whisper his name in a questioning tone. He turns around, and he sees 15 year old Emma Johnson, a former girlfriend who’s relationship with Bryce ended due to Emma’s family moving. Neither of them wanted it but it happened. Yet, Emma is now back by reason of her mother finding a new job. Now, Bryce and Emma can continue the longed for relationship they so desired.

This story, although fictitious, holds true meaning to the matter of “predestiny” and how it can transpire throughout the lives of many.

For instance, take the story of one, James Costello, who was at the Boston Marathon on April, 15th, 2013, rooting for a friend as the bombs detonated. With severe injuries ranging from burns to shrapnel in his skin, Costello had to be sustained and aided by multiple nurses at a local hospital. He established a relationship with one of the nurses, Krista D’Agostino, after months of tending to. The couple later became engaged and soon after married on Aug. 23rd, 2014.

“I now realise why I was involved in the tragedy,” Costello wrote on a Facebook post regarding his relationship with D’Agostino, “It was to meet my best friend and the love of my life.”

With stories comparable to Costello’s, predestiny has certainly evolved into a prominent topic. Indeed, LJ Vanier, a journalist for Spirit Science, published an article containing physiological evidence backing her stance on predestination and positive outcomes.

“But it is through our lowest points in life, where we gain the wisdom and allow for new-found strength to emerge,” Vanier writes, “Without loss we wouldn’t appreciate gain. Without death, we wouldn’t appreciate life. And without fear, we wouldn’t appreciate love.”

We should begin to realize all the positive opportunities that are given to us in such a stretch of strife and struggle. We should begin to ask ourselves about all the coincidental actions that got us to where we are today. We should begin to search for the answers to the questions of life. And lastly, we should begin to ask ourselves, do we really make our own decisions, or are they in fact made for us?