One of the commonalities I see in working with students who are 18 or who are 50 involves “decisions.” There are those who accept that where they are in life and where they are going is primarily a result of choices and decisions they have made (and continue to make). On the other hand, there are people who continue to make poor choices, and are bewildered at the results. You hear words life “luck,” “fate” and “I don’t how this happened.”
This is not to say that there are not people for whom life has not dealt a harsh blow through childhood abuse, or challenges such as disabilities. That is not the vast majority of people, though.
Author Matthew Kelly sees taking responsibility for our choices and their consequences as perhaps the greatest determinant of whether or not one lives life with purpose and passion.