When I was younger I strongly believed in the notion of fate. I was less ‘free will’ and more ‘everything happens for a reason’, largely because my mum’s always been very religious and also because I grew up watching nothing but Bollywood and Disney movies! However, as the years went on my perspective began to change. I started to see that a lot of the happenings in not just my life, but anybody’s life, could be completely and utterly random, with no explanation or correlation to anything else whatsoever. Fast forward a few more years and I still hold on to aspects of both of those ideologies, but as of recently I’m starting to also consider the concept of karma: the law of cause and effect.
Karma essentially promotes the teaching of what goes around comes around. Do good, reap the benefits; do bad, reap the consequences. Either way it’s all on you, the idea being that your actions will always catch up with you in some shape or form, but whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is entirely your choice (hence why I now try to think twice before doing anything too foolish!).
I guess I like the fact that karma is based on the principle of free will and the thought of being more accountable for the goings on in my life massively appeals to me. I like being in the driving seat as opposed to being a passenger in the back, that way whatever happens I only have myself to praise or blame.
Now of course nothing’s been scientifically proven and there’s no concrete evidence to suggest that we do in fact reap what we sow, it’s just a belief system. But I’m inclined to consider it because I get a kick out of expanding my mind and looking at life from a fresh perspective. Plus if that results in me doing a few more good deeds and spreading some positivity, why not?!