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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Phun-size Philosophy # 15 – Options

We are all faced with options every single day of our lives. Options are all the possible choices that we are given. They are the different responses or initiatives you can take that act as a catalyst for future events. Those options are what lead the way for your path for the rest of your life. We’ve all heard the saying that anything is possible and I do truly believe that you can do anything you set your heart and mind to. Because of this, in a sense, all options are available to you but there are usually restrictions attached to them. For instance, if you want to become a doctor you can, but you need to work extremely hard to get into medical school, especially if you don’t have the necessary money, but with enough hard work and determination it can be pulled off. This comes with the important knowledge of realizing what is feasible and realistic to your current position. The catch is that certain tasks require more effort and resources that it would be wise to spend your time trying to achieve things within your reach. Having all these choices means that it can be possible to achieve great things but you may not be interested in the choices that are given to you right here and now. If you are born as a farmer’s child in the middle of rural Kansas and you don’t want to be involved in agriculture as an adult your options are probably very limited to what is realistic to your current situation. A person born in the middle of a city to rich parents has more options than almost anyone else but may not feel motivated to take advantage of everything they are privileged to have. Something interesting I’ve found out what that the more choices you have isn’t always good. It has been psychologically proven that more choices you are given means that person choosing has added stress because you make sure you pick the right one. Sometimes being told what to do is a good thing. What you personally should do when you are presented with choices is to pick what is best for you. There isn’t always a recognizable best choice in a situation and all the choices could benefit or be a detriment to you in varying degrees. The important thing to realize is that you just need to take what you’ve learned and apply it to the future. Maybe some decision you made didn’t turn out the way you wanted to. Well learn from it and make better choices in the future. You just want to make sure that you take advantage of all the options you are given and not take for granted all the opportunities we are so lucky to have.

-Allan Nicholas

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