Blair Waldorf once said ‘destiny is for losers. It’s just a stupid excuse to wait for things to happen instead of making them happen’ and I’ve never agreed with anything more. Destiny? I’m calling bullshit.
Today I was doing my usual routine – trawling through the likes of Man Repeller, Coveteur and Refinery 29 as I do every day (I could spend hours on those three if I wanted to, it’s an issue, I’m obsessed), when I got some on-the-spot hashtag inspo that spurred on this post. What was that hashtag inspo? Horoscopes. I’m not some gal who sits here and analyses my star sign in comparison to the signs of those around me to see if we are actually a ~good match~ or the ~same kind of people~ or who actually believes that what they say will come true, but ofc I have fun having a lil read of my horoscope when I flick past that page in a magazine or scroll past the monthly horoscopes on the aforementioned websites. The thing is, horoscopes are just that – fun to have a lil read of. They aren’t a determiner of anything. But it got me thinking about how we as people can, and sometimes do, use the dumbest shit as excuses or reasons for why things are a certain way in our lives.
If we’re in a particularly difficult situation we will just look for an excuse to not confront that problem head on. If your horoscope gives you some trope about a tough time that, on the 26th of this month will be naturally resolved by the moon moving into some specific place, you can easily take that as your reason not to bother and wait for everything to sort itself out on the 26th. Newsflash: it won’t. It’s not just about horoscopes either, it can be anything. You might be trying to get a promotion at work and, despite all your efforts, it’s just not happening. If someone in the office tells you that nobody in your position has ever been promoted you might just stop trying because you think that’s just the way things are, if nobody got promoted before you then you won’t either. Or you might think that if it’s meant to be, it’ll be, and you’ll stop trying and just wait it out to see if it really is ~meant to be~.
Now let’s clear something up, I am the biggest believer in the ‘everything happens for a reason’ life motto, to the point where I wrote a blog post all about it – in which I also included this Blair quote – but I always make a point to not use it as an excuse to not go and make things happen.
The idea of destiny is exactly what Blair (ok, or the GG writers) said – an excuse to wait for something to happen instead of making it happen. My favourite little piece of advice to hand out to my friends at the moment, and to follow myself, has been to swallow your pride. If something is worth you giving in or stepping up or going the extra mile, even if you don’t think you should be the person to do it, just do it. Why hold something off thinking that destiny and fate will take care of it? It’s an excuse we use when we’re too afraid to step out of our comfort zone, and I’m done living in my comfort zone because my life is always a million times better when I step out.
Take it from me, do not use destiny as your excuse to delay or deny something. I am one of the most stubborn people I know. I’m the girl who would take 23 minutes to reply to a message if the boy I was speaking to took 22 minutes. I’m the girl who wouldn’t put herself forward for anything because I was too scared and thought if I was really meant to have some ~important role~ I’d just be given it. I’m the girl who didn’t tell anyone about her blog because she didn’t want anyone she knew reading about her life. I have always been the gal who uses anything, including destiny, as an excuse not to go for something I wanted – whether that was a boy, an opportunity, or to get more people (ie those I knew irl) to read my blog. I’m so over it. It still sometimes goes against every fibre of my being to swallow my pride, control my own destiny (I am really cringing at this saying, soz if you are too) and outright say that I want something but every single time I’ve done it, it’s been so worth it. I am the happiest I’ve ever been in my whole entire life and not much has changed, just my mentality and my belief that destiny is bullshit, an excuse.
How many times have you waited around for something to happen or sort itself out, and then it doesn’t or – even worse – someone else gets in there first and takes an opportunity you wanted? Was it really worth you hanging about and waiting for destiny to work its magic? And, being realistic, what’s the worse feeling – putting yourself out there and it potentially not paying off, or not trying at all and then watching someone else get what you want? I can think of dozens of examples from the last couple years of my life where I was stupid enough to use destiny as an excuse and then lost what I wanted, sometimes even to someone else. Putting yourself out there will always pay off one way or another, even if it’s not in the way you initially intended it to.
I won’t lie, I still sometimes find myself slipping back into using dumb shit as an excuse, sometimes I’ll read my horoscope and think wow they really have that right about my life, ~maybe it is true!!!~ like a hilariously accurate one I had in the recent issue of Harper’s Bazaar that Serena Williams covered (if you follow my private, girl you know). I put things off because I think they’ll eventually work out thanks to destiny, but I will always end up coming back to the conclusion that it’s all a stupid excuse and I need to sort my life out myself. It’s a waste of your time waiting it out for something that might not happen. Save yourself the time and stress, and just go get it.
So can we all collectively agree to stop using destiny as an excuse to wait for something to happen instead of making it happen ourselves? I knew there was a reason Blair Waldorf has always been my role model. Girl talks a lotta sense. And she got Chuck Bass.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to continue my Gossip Girl rewatch and take more life advice from Queen B.