Time passes quickly. As people age, knowledge and experience are accumulated. Some are indulged in making money, while others just hope that they live another day. Some are born rich and healthy, while others are born in the streets with rags as their blanket. As some people say, “You cannot choose your own destiny.” But is it completely true? Can that statement alone dictate the story of one’s life?

Children see the world differently, but they have one thing in common: they are helpless without their parents or guardians. As they reach their teenage years, they begin to grasp the reality. They start falling in love and some are even thinking of having their own families. They begin to understand the value of money and the basic principles of economics. As they reach their twenties, they start to feel the obligation of having a job in order to survive.

People begin to appreciate the true value of time as they reach adulthood. The fact that death is inevitable sinks in. Especially for less fortunate people, having two jobs is mandatory. Complete eight hours of sleep is a thing of the past. Fear of losing a job and becoming detached from the society make people anxious and stressed. As a result, humility and obedience to laws are observed and practiced.

Ideally, age changes personality positively. Of course, there are still people who are notorious throughout their lives. Many are consumed by greed and hatred because of fear of losing wealth. Sadly, some are involved in illegal activities and even heinous crimes to acquire huge sums of money. Indeed, some people fail miserably in decision-making.

Great personality is a key factor to survival, and it is not developed overnight. Death may not be avoided but life choices are up to one’s decision. Needless to say, lazy people tend to accomplish less or accomplish nothing at all. Hardworking people, on the other hand, even sacrifice their sleep and personal lives to accomplish more. As Colin Powell (65th U.S. Secretary Of State) said, “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”

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