It seems like there is always someone who wants to tell you what to do. Some people really think they know what’s best for you, regardless of what you think. Some people even feel entitled to go around telling others what they should or shouldn’t do, and actually expect people to listen!
The really sad part of this is that sometimes we actually do let other people tell us what to do! Why would we do that? Why do we care what other people think of us enough to let them determine the course of our lives?
Sometimes, life gets hard. We need to make decisions, and that can be hard too. What if we do the wrong thing? Pick the wrong job? Buy the wrong house? We stress over what to do, and sometimes, when we aren’t sure what we should do, we let others tell us what to do.
But I ask you this: what if you do the right things? Pick the right job? Buy the right house?
There are so many possibilities in life, and we need to be able to consciously choose our own paths in life. Living the life someone else picks for you will never be fulfilling. Each of us has to pick for ourselves.
If you really have a hard time making decisions, I find the best way to get started is to make a list of pros, the things that are positive about each choice, and a list of cons, the things that are negative about each choice. Once you have done this, read over what you wrote. Listen to your heart, listen to your gut, what is your body telling you? What is your heart telling you? Do any of these choices feel more “right” than the others?
And if you still really can’t decide on one that seems better, just pick one. What’s the worst thing that could happen? You’ll learn something. You’ll get life experience. You’ll find out what you don’t like. Then, pick something else. Find a different job. Sell that house and buy something different. Very few choices in life are permanent, but some are, and you should really think about that tattoo before you get it! Some choices we make may not fit us as we get older and more mature, and that’s okay. That’s how life works. We live, and we learn. We learn, and we make better choices the next time around if we are growing and learning from our mistakes. And we all make mistakes. Its part of being human, and its part of living.
Living your own life is the only way you will ever be happy, the only way you can grow. Every one of us needs to grow in order to feel alive. Don’t stifle yourself by doing what someone else thinks you should do, make your own decisions, follow your heart. You can do this!