While related in meaning to “fate” and “karma”, destiny has a less rigid feeling. Each person is born with a life ‘pattern’ that can be seen in a birth horoscope. We each have a genetic heritage, the love of our parents, the immediate environment, etc., but as we grow older those surrounding factors are replaced with new ones that may change what seemed to be an expected pattern. Education and social environment may become powerful influences for change.
The empowered person takes charge of his or her destiny, making conscious decisions rather than letting change passively affect life.
Suggested Reading – Finley: Designing Your Own Destiny – Shape Your Future in 12 Easy Steps