So I finished the Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde, and I’m continuing on with the next book in the series. (And yes, I snatched that one from the ChickieNob, too. Who needs it more? I do!)
One of the big themes in the book is destiny. We get a feeling that we’re supposed to do X so we do X. Or we encounter something for the first time and suddenly the whole world makes sense and we realize in that moment that we’ve always been meant to do X, we just didn’t know it.
Two quotes I loved about Jennifer Strange’s destiny:
It wasn’t what I expected, but then I don’t know what I had been expecting. That’s the thing about destiny: it can’t be predicted, and it’s usually pretty odd (page 133).Sometimes your destiny takes you to dark places where you’d rather not be, but destiny, as they say, is destiny (page 271).
Her destiny seems pretty awful, and I have to admit, I would not have fulfilled my destiny if I had been in the same position. I know myself. I just wouldn’t have been able to do it. But I have a weak will, so take that with a grain of salt.
And I thought about other options. Like what if I found out that my destiny was to be a judge on Chopped, and I was going to have to eat those horrific creations? I can’t even bring myself to put a straightforward piece of roasted chicken in my mouth. I’m supposed to consume plate after plate of chicken brains in a strawberry jam and gummy bear sauce?
Or if my destiny was to become an astronaut? I barely survived (and I really mean barely: I cried through the whole thing) the tame level of Disney’s Mission: Space. I cannot go up in a space ship; it just isn’t happening. But if it was my destiny? That would suck so hardcore.
Do you think there is something specific that you are meant to do, and do you think that part of life is uncovering it? Or do we simply do what we choose to do with no greater reason guiding us?
And if you were told that your destiny was something that you found ethically repulsive or horrifically boring, would you do it because all signs in the universe pointed it out as your destiny? Or would you discreetly look the other way and pretend you didn’t see the signs?
Side note: tomorrow is #MicroblogMonday. Get writing.