The Decisions We Make

December 13, 2012 at 10:31 am | Posted in Life and Living | Leave a comment
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When I was young, I used to always ask my mother’s opinion on things, mainly related to fashion, “which shirt should I wear?”  I would, inevitably pick the shirt that was not her selection, but having her opinion somehow helped me to make my own decisions, even though it wasn’t her choice.

This is somewhat of an unusual way to go about making decisions, but it does bring me to an interesting point.  Whenever I have decisions to make, I am often influenced one way or another by those around me.  When it comes to the big decisions, I always have consulted my father.  When I wasn’t sure about taking my first job, he encouraged me to go for it; when I wasn’t sure about moving into my first apartment, he told me to go for it.

With every step along the way, I’ve turned to someone for their opinion, and sometimes,unbeknownst to them, they have helped me to shape a decision I will make in the future.

With one of my biggest decisions behind me now (getting married), I now find myself at a crossroads.  What is my next step?  I’m not one to let life just happen to me, though I know things will just happen. I am 3 years into my 5 year plan.  I reached this important milestone, and now I’m not sure what is next, so I’m taking a multi-pronged approach, trying several things and seeing what fits.  Now that I am married, somehow the stakes seem even higher.  Every decision I make needs to be made with my husband.  He has and remains my biggest supporter. It’s something I admire about him so much and aspire to.

But at the end of the day, no matter who influences my decisions, no matter if I reflect and find that a decision was a misstep, I must take full ownership of my decision.  I will always aim to make the best decision possible at the time I have to make it, but nobody’s perfect.

This is how I will live my life. This is how many will live their lives.  It’s good to keep in mind that what you say may make a difference in someone else’s decision.

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