Cinderella and Prince Charming lived happily ever after. Sleeping beauty woke to find her prince. The Beauty found her beast; the mermaid got her man. Barbie and Ken forever! Jasmine loves Aladdin; Snow White had her prince and her loyal dwarves.
Children today grow up with such examples surrounding them‐ examples of fate and destiny; that everything is meant to be. However, a pattern is evident in every one of these stories‐ happy endings. Fate and happy endings go hand in hand. But it is not fate in which I believe.
I believe in purpose‐ that everything happens for a reason because of it. Beliefs are first taught and later solidified. I was often told that everyone I meet comes into your life for a reason and with a purpose. Certain individuals have an impact on your life, but this impact is not always noticed until later on. There is always going to be that one person who truly, deeply affects you. This person will change your views, your attitude, and your life.
At the ripe old age of 14, I am fortunate enough to have already found this one life changing individual. I found him in my dad. Nearly 20 years ago, my dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, which gradually cripples parts of the brain, making it hard for the body to function. This disease robbed my dad of his youth and took away his freedom. At times, he could barely walk and was forced to give up his athleticism all together. Thankfully, science has helped to return small portions of it to him. Most would not be able to handle a situation like this, yet I am thankful for it. Because of his current condition, he is almost always at home, and he is there if I need him. He is available to drive me to practices, to pick me up from school‐ he is simply always there. He has had two deep brain stimulation surgeries, the first of which took place in 2000, when the procedure was still experimental. Things could have gone wrong, but I believe it went well because he had a purpose to fulfill in my life. Prior to his surgeries, I was placed in a situation in which I had to mature quickly. His condition gave me the strength, the ability to face adversity. His life has purpose, and he is in mine to share that purpose. His task is still in progress today.
Fairy tale endings are fantasy; reason is found every day. Anyone, stranger or family, can step into your life and serve their purpose. Without this purpose, life is not complete. Your life is not over yet, so ask yourself, “Have I found my purpose and have I served it?” I hope the answer is yes, for purpose is a necessity; this I believe.
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