Every decision we make is faced with doubt. Am I doing the right thing? Is this the path I should take? How will this blow up in my face?
When you have a kid this is amplified, because now the decision doesn’t only affect you it affects the person you love more than anything in the world.
My wife is finished with residency next September and we are now trying to decide what the next move will be. It is stressful. Being faced with change and choices is a difficult path to navigate. You start thinking about every single thing that could go wrong. How the decision might destroy your happiness.
We get so hung up on the “wrong” that we tend to imagine all the things that could (and probably will) go right. How the decision might amplify your happiness.
You can weigh your options forever; constantly playing ping pong with your self doubt. In fact, for major life decisions you should consider the advantages and disadvantages. But eventually you just have to make the choice. Will your decision end up like your best imagined outcome? Probably not. But I’ll tell you this, it sure as heck won’t end up as your worst imagined outcome either.
So make the decision. Once you do, don’t think twice. There’s no need for second guessing or “what could have been”. The decision is in the past. Now you are living with your choice and you have the responsibility to make the best of it.
Hope everyone has a happy Friday!
I’m hoping to have some kickass hiking experiences to share over the next week.