I have little control over what happens to me. Do I have a lot of control over how I respond to it?
Yes, you ABSOLUTELY do.
How you respond to anything and everything ultimately determines which direction you decide to go.
If you respond negatively- then you’ll go into the negative path and have a lot of stuff to struggle with.
If you decide to respond positively or in a way that enables self-growth you will go down a path that too, is full of struggles, but where you end up will be far more positive and far more worth it than the negative aspect of it.
The best way you can respond to anything is to see the lesson in it, learn, and implement it into your practices.
You will excel like no other.