Navigating Life’s Choices
This article was originally published in September 2016.
Life is about choices. Some choices are good, some are bad, some seem like good ideas that end up being bad ones, and some seem like bad ideas that end up being good ones.
It’s all of these choices that make up life. Each day we are faced with too many choices to even count.
In most cases, a lot of the choices that we make are easy. We decide on choices like what clothes to wear, what time to leave the house, what foods to eat, and when we go to bed.
And then there are some choices that are not as black-and-white. Such choices like whether or not we try to fit in with different social groups, whether or not to leave certain situations, and how we carry ourselves in rough times.
We are a product of all of these choices that we make each day. The combination of good and bad choices that we make decide who we are.
It’s easy to make a wrong decision. People do it all the time. It’s seems like everyday we read about something someone said or did that has left them in hot water.
We are people; we all mistakes. One mistake does not define you. It’s about how you deal with these mistakes that decides your future.
Good choices can cancel out the bad choices. The consequences of a bad choice are never easy, but they do work out.
Each choice will set you in a new direction. One choice can help you make new friends, while another choice can help you discover something about yourself that you didn’t know before, while another choice can set you off your original path.
All of these different paths that we take are decided by our choices. The beautiful thing is that all of these paths lead to the same place. I think a lot of people forget that “the road less traveled” leads to the same destination.
At the end of the day, if the overwhelming majority of your choices that benefit you and the others around you, the mistakes won’t matter. Your friends and family aren’t going to judge you based on one mistake.
Life has an interesting way of working itself out. With time, all of these mistakes fade away and we can look back and see how much we’ve grown.
It’s about putting the mistakes in your rear view mirror, learning from them, and moving on.
Keep your head up, it’s all going to work out. Never stop navigating through all of life’s choices.