By Megan Wordsworth, IATG ContributorMay 5, 2016
Decisions are a part of everyday life and start as soon you wake up. From, “cheerios or toast?” to picking out what to wear, you can’t escape the need to make decisions. Sometimes,though, decisions are much more complex than simply choosing how to enact our everyday routine. They can be life changing, monumental, and sometimes even seem like the most impossible tasks.
I don’t know if you’re like me, but I hate making decisions. No. Scratch that. I absolutely detest making decisions. I’m the kind of person that takes forty-five minutes deciding what restaurant to pick for dinner.
I would do anything to avoid having to make a decision.
I often feel as though no matter what I decide on I’ll be letting someone down, and that’s my worst fear. Maybe you have the same voice in your head; it follows every decision you make and makes you question your better judgment. As you grow older it seems as if the decisions you have to make only get more difficult. It starts with which college to choose, then which major, then where you want to live, then marriage and children, and so on and so on. The decisions keep getting more complex, and the people that will be affected by your choices significantly grow as well. What once was just a decision for your own life is now a choice for your entire family!
As a senior in college, I’m in the process of making some life-changing choices. I am not going to lie, even the thought of making these choices terrifies me. It only reaffirms that I’m not a little kid anymore, and despite the fact I still want my mom to make my choices for me, she can’t.
I guess that’s a sign of growing up: you have to make your own decisions and live with the consequences.
I feel, though, that no matter what choices you make you will always wonder, “What if I went the other route?” It’s true that you would be a different person if you took a different path in life, but you also wouldn’t be who you are today. Your strengths have been shaped by the choices you’ve made in life.
Choices and decisions are always going to be a part of life. It’s important not to fixate so heavily on the regret of past choices. Don’t let your past choices cause you to fear the future choices you’re going to have to make. Trust yourself and know that no matter what, it’s all going to be ok.
What upcoming big choices do you have to make? How do you handle the pressure?
Megan is a student in the Honors Communication program at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. She is on a mission to spread positive body awareness. She spends her free time baking delicious gluten free treats and watching reruns of her favorite show, One Tree Hill.