by Linda Lombardi, Literary Manager
In Karen Zacarías' world-premiere play, Destiny of Desire, each character journeys the path of their destiny—for better or worse. During rehearsals, I asked the cast if they believed in Destiny and, if so, what it meant to them. Below are excerpts from our conversation.
I do believe in destiny. I think it’s a cultivation of the energy that you accumulate in your life. Your actions speak for your destiny. Everything that’s supposed to happen, will happen.
Oscar Ceville (Dr. Jorge Ramiro Mendoza)
Destiny is what you’re meant to do. What are you here in this world to do? If you are lucky enough to realize what this is, make the best of it.
I believe in inescapable inevitabilities that we are somehow born to encounter and that, try as we may, are unavoidable. Usually because they are lessons we need to learn. Some come in the form of people in our lives...or they come as worlds that we’re drawn into and, inside of those worlds or inside of those people or relationships, exist encounters that our souls have to experience. Past actions pave the way for other actions to be manifest. This is Destiny...but not exclusively from above. We have a hand in our destiny and it's not only the hand we consciously will. There’s an inner hand at work.
Carlos Gómez (Ernesto del Rio)
Destiny is the aftermath of living a spiritual life. I believe there’s an energy of something bigger than ourselves. You live your life putting energy into this karmic world that we live in and that feeds back to you. You treat people like you want to be treated and that comes back to you tenfold. You can turn any kind of situation in the world positive. It’s not what happens to you it’s how you react to it. Any small decision can change your destiny. Adapting to change in life is a big part of one’s destiny.
Fidel Gomez (Dr. Diego Mendoza)
I believe in making your own destiny. It can go one way or another but I definitely believe that, at a certain level, there is something that is meant to be. I used to believe in it more when I was younger but I think the older you get the more you realize your decisions effect what your destiny is or what it becomes and in that sense it’s very much in your own hands. There are also things you may try to make happen again and again and again and you get the same results and then you figure, well, it’s not meant to be.
There are circumstances that we have under our control. And others that are completely out of our hands. And how we handle either of those things has a direct effect outcome on destiny. In my mind it becomes even bigger, like the trajectory of your life. Making this choice or that choice could change the direction. Like the fact that we’ve met. Different choices could have been made and our life paths never would have crossed.
I believe destiny is how creatively we transform the cards we were dealt at birth. Pre-destined or not, the job is still the same. Traversing this melodrama of life. I love how Tom Stoppard words it in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead:
“I extract significance from melodrama, a significance which it does not in fact contain; but occasionally, from out of this matter, there escapes a thin beam of light that, seen at the right angle, can crack the shell of mortality.”
Destiny is when the inevitable is going to happen no matter how much you try to resist its outcome.
I believe we create our destiny through hard work, determination, perseverance and passion. Dream big and follow through.
Destiny is everything that happens to me on earth that was meant to teach me to become a better person, to recognize who I really am and what life is really about. If time is a construct, then all at once Destiny was, is, and will be. Destiny is your life, your love, and your ultimate destination.