Life is filled with countless decisions. From the very moment we wake up in the morning to the time we lay back down to rest up for another day we’re making decisions. These decisions can be both big and small. Some of them may have little to no longterm effects on our lives at all, while others can have a much larger impact, sometimes even to the point of being life-changing.
When it comes to the small things… Do I put slippers on? Am I going to make my coffee or my breakfast first? Does this top work for today or should I wear that cute new dress I bought? The list goes on.
We make these tiny decisions constantly, sometimes without much thought at all. However, when it comes to the bigger decisions they can be much more stressful and heavy feeling. I’ve found myself making a lot more “big” decisions on my own now that I’m post-grad and although this extra burst of independence is awesome, at times it can be harder than I expected. Where do I want to live and what can I afford? How do I want my career path to progress and what do I need to do to get myself there? Who do I want to make sure I stay in touch with now that we aren’t in school together? How should I be budgeting my money and my time? Do I want to date this person? Do I actually want to date anyone at all right now? Should I spend my money on major investment A or major investment B? … You get my drift.
It always makes me feel better to talk with friends who are in the same stage of life as me and to have someone else say “I’m freaking out about that right now too.” There’s a wave of calm that comes whenever I’m reminded that I’m not alone in stressing about decisions related to work, relationships, money, and more.
In all honesty, I’m a very future-focused person. I don’t ever like to feel like I’m “wasting time” and I do all that I can to get the very most out of each and every day. That being said, I do my best to take on each decision that I face head-on and at times to just “go for it” if I’m not 100% sure. In some cases it’s just a toss up and even if things end up going south, there’s always a lesson to be learned from every situation we come across in life.
With all of that in mind, today’s post was inspired by this quote that I found on Pinterest from Grey’s Anatomy. A few of the lines really resonated with me, which I’ve highlighted further below the full quote.
“We’re all going to die. We don’t get much say over how or when, but we do get to decide how we’re gonna live.
So, do it. Decide.
Is this the life you want to live?
Is this the person you want to love?
Is this the best you can be?
Can you be stronger? Kinder? More Compassionate?
Breathe in. Breathe out and decide.”
The three lines that stand out the most for me are: “Is this the life you want to live?” “Is this the best you can be?” and “Can you be stronger? Kinder? More Compassionate?”
These lines act as a reminder of something very important… So much of life is based on the choices we make! If I’m not happy with how my life is going then I need to do everything in my power to change it. If I’m not being 100% my best, then I need to get to the point where I am and I’m bringing my A game every day to all that I do. I believe that we can always be kinder and more compassionate. Love and kindness doesn’t shrink as it’s given out, it multiplies! You never know what is going on in someone’s life, so why not simply be kind and compassionate as a rule? The world would be a much better place if we all acted with just a bit more compassion towards others.
To reiterate, the decisions we make, both big and small make an impact on our lives. In making these choices, we have to just remember to..
“Breathe in. Breathe out and decide.”