An idea that has come up multiple times over the past few week is the paralyzing affect decision making can have on one’s life. As one of my profs pointed out, the problem with decisions is that no matter what you decide to do, there is another thing that you decided not to do, and you can never know what would have happened had you done that instead.
Obviously, the answer is to just make a decision and for some people that’s easy and I salute you. For the more neurotic among us, decisions become agonizing exercises of analyzing how our lives will change if we take the red pill or the blue pill. For us, it is essential to submit to the vulnerability that comes with embracing the uncertainties of life.
Over at Lifehacker, Adam Dachis puts it this way:
“All great experiences that engage us have an element of uncertainty at their core.” ~ Aaron Dignan, at the 99 Percent Conference (2011). I’m a big believer that the unknown is a really wonderful thing. I know a lot of people who don’t act because everything is uncertain and so they don’t know where they’re headed. The wonderful thing about not knowing is that anything can happen. It might be good and it might be bad, but being open to finding out is where so many great experiences come from. I think it’s a good philosophy to live by.