Life is like an elevator.  Once you get on it is all about choice.  We can choose to go up or down as well as we can choose where to get off or just as easily ride it to the top.  We had no choice in the matter of getting on the elevator just as we had no choice in being born.  But, we do get to choose where we want to go and how far we want to take it.  It just takes patience and perseverance to keep riding to the top.