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So, I got a diagnosis today. I was told that I have a condition that will, eventually, lead to my demise. My fate, it seems, has been sealed. Set in stone.

Really? I’m not so sure. I mean, they’re right, it could be what finally gets me but only if I avoid bad drivers, runaway trains, boating accidents, mad cyclists, parachutes that don’t open, planes that crash land, bits falling off planes (and subsequently hitting me), meteorites, lightning, freak waves, extreme cold, extreme heat, shark attacks, lion attacks, being ingested by a giant anaconda, falling down stairs, falling into a ravine, falling anywhere, eating contaminated burgers, getting a fish bone stuck in my throat, having an allergic reaction to a peanut, catching flu, catching smallpox, accidentally chopping all my limbs off, complaining about the contaminated burgers and getting stabbed by an irate waitress… And so on.

Yeah. I’m not convinced.

And then, of course, in the time I have left (decades, I hope), I could learn to swim, surf in Mexico, climb Everest, ski in the Alps, explore the seabed in my own submarine, meet the Queen, have tea with the Queen, marry the Queen’s grandson (if I’m quick), start my own political party, take over someone else’s political party, take over the world, win the lottery, win a cuddly chinchilla, fly first class, pilot the plane, jump out with a parachute and actually land, get an A for GCSE Maths, learn how to spell meteorites (without using SpellCheck), work out where semi-colons go; write a book.

The possibilities are endless, so how can my fate be set in stone?

I think you’ll agree – it’s not.


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