Something to think about


“You have no idea what you’re doing, yet you make all these crucial decisions every day. It’s like driving at night with the headlights off and you have to keep going full-speed, because that’s how life is. You try to think through every possible action and outcome, like which college to pick? Which job to go for? Which supermarket to go to today and should you really buy that pint of Ben & Jerry’s? However, there is no way you could know what the outcome is, and you’re a fool if you think you do.

The ‘best’ decision may actually be the worst one. Your apparent dream job could send you head-first into a spiraling depression because it could turn out you were actually made to serve a completely different purpose. It’s like driving down a road you thought you knew and you think you’re supposed to turn left at the next stoplight. But what you don’t know is that you missed the stoplight five miles back and there’s no possibility to turn around.

Our perspectives are so narrow that there’s no possible way any one of us could consciously make the right decision about anything, yet we still try because it gives us some false perception that we actually have a say in what happens to us. You can choose what you do but you can’t choose how that ultimately affects your life, and that’s terrifying.

You don’t know how one simple choice could throw your whole life off balance, so this is what I would like to say: stop trying so goddamn hard to make everything work out perfectly. Just live your life. Stress out about it once in a while, but then loosen your death-grip on the steering wheel and enjoy the thrill of the ride.”

Original by Marianna Paige, edited by Zilla Deurenberg