Life is full of choices

“You’ve got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you’re not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.”

— Steven D. Woodhull

This is one of the most amazing quotes ever, in my opinion. This should be like a mantra that we should remember every day.
Life is too short to waste doing things we don’t enjoy and being with people that don’t make us happy. I remember I used to hear this all the time when I was younger: “That’s the way life is, you have to do things you don’t want.” When you think about small things, this is true. I don’t particularly like doing the dishes and cleaning my house but I have to do it. However, when we look at the bigger picture, this saying couldn’t be more wrong. You don’t have to spend your life in a job you don’t love or with people who don’t appreciate you or living in a place you hate. You should fight and find what you love.

If you’re not happy with your situation, something is wrong. It’s not okay to live your life waiting for something. I’m going to be happy when I move away. I’m going to be happy when I finish this course. I’m going to be happy when I have more money. NO! The time to be happy is now. If you’re not happy with your current situation, you have two choices: change it or accept it. By accepting it, I don’t mean settling but actually finding happiness in what you have, enjoying the journey.

I have a new habit, wherever I am and whatever I am doing, I like to think: “One day I’m going to remember this time of my life with a smile on my face.”

Even though things are never perfect, there’s always something good that you’re going to miss. At the same time, if changes occur in your life, there’s always something bad that you finally get rid of.


5 thoughts on “Life is full of choices

  1. Funny. When I read some of your texts it feels like they were written to me. Of course it’s not true but it shows how much they mean to me at this time of my life.
    Reading this one today, after quiting my job, just calms my heart, makes me be certain that I’ve made the right decision 🙂
    I used to be like that, always postponing my happiness. It was very difficult to change (it always is) and I’m not 100% changed, but I have more courage to go after the things I want. I not so afraid of changes anymore and I’m starting to apreciate the small things of life more. It’s a process…

    • I’m glad that you feel this way. Quitting your job wasn’t an easy decision so it was good that you had a lot of support. I think you’re right, that quote really applies to your situation. Waking up was a chore and you weren’t happy so that was definitely the right decision to make.
      I’m the same, I’m not completely changed but I’m being more and more like that.

  2. Pam and Lou,

    I think we’ll never be able to say, “I am finally changed, I have finally become 100% so and so,” exactly because we misunderstand how life works (not that I do, hehe). As you wrote, Lou, it is a process. Life itself is an eternal learning process and there won’t be a deciding moment when we’ll be able to say that something is done, finished, the project is over. I think that understanding this makes us less anxious, more relaxed about life.

    I also have this new habit! Since I saw that picture with the guy in the balcony (you’ve posted it here), I constantly remember this message, because it has proved to be true. It is always like that after the storm.

    I also totally agree with what you write about not postponing happiness. It makes me very sad to hear people say “I can only be happy when (insert something, a car, a house, a job, a baby etc.)”, especially if it is something material. Happiness is not something external to us that comes with these things we want, right? That’s why people feel anxious/depressed when they finally get what they wanted, but happiness is not there. Or maybe, then, people just move on to blaming something/somebody else for their own unhappiness. I try to live by this, although I complain a lot about situations that bother me.

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