Can you beat fate?

Be warned this post is a jumbled up mix of ramblings and confusion.

Does fate path our destiny? Are our lives mapped out before we take our first breath of air?

Wikipedia defines fate as a power or agency that predetermines and orders the course of events.

Fate defines events as ordered or "inevitable" and unavoidable. It is a concept based on the belief that there is a fixed natural order to the universe, and in some conceptions, the cosmos.

I have often wondered since the birth of our first child what determines our fate. Who or what gets to decide if we sink or swim?

Can we mould our fate into something totally different and beat the odds?

If you knew what your fate was and instinct tells you it is pretty dire, would you want to know for sure?  Would you try your hardest to find out that answer and do everything you could to change it?

Or are we best to just let things take their natural path?

Like I said I am rambling. Why? Because my biggest fear is my final fate which I try my hardest to ignore, suppress and not rule my every thought.

Which makes me wonder if I should find out once and for all what the answer is, or if I am wise to continue living in denial and just following along the path of fate?

Would you take the plunge and find out once and for all? Or prefer not to know?