Just as we commonly hear people say

the doctor prescribed someone particular riding exercises,

or ice baths, or walking without shoes,

we should in the same way say that nature prescribed someone to be diseased,

or disabled, or to suffer any kind of impairment.

In the case of the doctor, prescribed means something ordered to help aid our destiny.


— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 5.8 (resource) Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living