It’s not always easy to make choices, you keep asking yourself if you’re doing the right thing or not, and you can’t really know for sure until you took the shot and can’t go back.
Back when I was a kid, I heard multiple times adults say “stop complaining, you’re just a kid without a worry in the world.” Back then I didn’t get it. I used to think that not getting the newest Tamagotchi or Nintendo DS was my biggest issue. Now when I look back, the first thing that comes to my mind would be “what a spoiled kid” I was, and how lucky we were, not to have one responsibility on our shoulders, or one decision to make.
Ah childhood, what a splendid time – or not. – I’m just going to say that because of the lack of decision making we had at the time, and how easy life seems to be. I mean come on, we didn’t even have to choose what we were going to eat, – or at least we didn’t give a damn about our appearances – what we were going to wear or who we would vote for the next presidential elections.
Look at your life now, so many things to do when all you want to do is go to the beach and relax to the sound of the waves. As time passes you can’t help but ask yourself if you made the right decisions, if you should have taken that job offer, what if you just waited a few more days or weeks ane get a totally different offer, better or worse? How can you know? The only advice I have is to trust your guts. Don’t jump on the first offer you get in your professional life, as well as in your personal life. Don’t be too spontaneous – and I know what I’m talking about – take the time to think over your decisions.
The struggle is that in our everyday life we have to make choices about everything we do, from the moment we wake up, should I sleep 5 minutes more? Should I skip that class? Should I go to the gym? Should I have a chocolate bar? All those small decisions that have an impact on our lives without us realizing it.
We do have bigger decisions to take, but it’s tough when you’ve got little experience in taking wise choices. That’s the time when we make plenty of mistakes, we screw things up, but it’s alright – I guess – because we can’t lose much as we’re still young. It’s the time you feel like you can do anything, because you don’t have anything yet. Take a gap year to go around Asia, learning how to surf, or take up Mandarin? You can do pretty much anything; you just need the motivation.
Over the last month, I travelled throughout France, from the Alps to the South and ended up in the West with the fresh breeze of the sea, and our days rhythmed to the tides. Taking time for yourself is essential in the process of making decisions, you take a step back, see things from a different angle. I have been thinking about where I would head to after my graduation in the UK. I don’t have a fixed answer yet, but I do have a great feeling about a destination, where the weather is warm, and life seems easy. You know when you’re about to make the right choice, you feel it. Of course, I’m not sure if it’s the right decision, but I won’t know until I go, right? I want to experience as many things as I can for the time being, if it means living for more than one year in another continent across the world then that’s what I’ll do.
Until then, keep thinking, don’t stop moving.
I’ll leave you be, I’m off to watch the sunset, a glass of “Pineau des Charentes” in my hand and looking over kytesurfers, without worrying about exams, dissertation, or masters. Do the same once in a while. Cheers!