It is Not Where You Come From, But Where You’re Going That Matters

We are 6 billion on this lonely planet –that is 6 billion individuals, 6 billion distinct identities and 6 billion unique destinies. Wherever in the world I may come from, I am a distinct person –I am distinct from all others who share the same planet as me. When I talk about myself, I do not feel the need to refer to my ancestors or my heritage. Because that is not where I come from, that’s where my family lineage can be traced back to.

In the pragmatism of life, with every page a moment in it and every destination a milestone, each choice is a path heading towards its purpose. Where a boy from the lowly ranks of Mumbai is revered more than God himself, where a poor farmer’s son becomes one of the most renowned industrialists in the world, when a college dropout becomes the richest man alive. The pedigree of leaders is not defined by where their journey began, but its culmination.

Society has convinced us that what we consume defines who we are, who we will be. Materialistic minds respond to this deposition. They let manifestations of peoples’ backgrounds characterize their perceptions of them. They fail to see beyond these evidences of variation in society, creed and caste. What they overlook is that although every individual is dotted with mirrors which reflect his upbringing, his individuality will shine brighter than the mirrors if you throw some light on him. People are not successful because of who their fathers or grandfathers or great-grandfathers were, but because of what they have done and what they have become.

They achieve what they strive for because they work for it, not because their bank balances are large. Everyone does not have the fortune of being born with a silver spoon in their mouth and every palm does not read the same fate. But destiny is not what happens, it is what we cause. Luck is immaterial, fortune is temporary and life is too precious to waste it trying to keep up with the Joneses.

What is imperative and eternal is the passion and the fire within our souls that keeps us alive and distinguishes us from an army of monotonous ants. If Mahatma Gandhi didn’t do what he did, our nation would still be struggling for independence. Actions define us, intertwining with them our destiny. The journey towards salvation is filled with unprecedented difficulties; only conquerors of these impediments can shape their own destiny.

Oprah Winfrey sums up this belief as, ‘It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you – always.’

Riddhi Longstory