Our decisions define our futures.
We encounter new obstacles every day. Whether they be facing the wrath of the wind-stricken morning or whether they be deciding whether to eat a peanut butter sandwich for lunch versus a ham and cheese sandwich, we make decisions every day and these decisions team up in order to mold us into who we become.
Care too much. Smile too big. Laugh too hard. Cry when it’s needed. Straighten up when you find your strength. Never back down.
Something I’ve come to realize, and something I think I’ve tried to adopt, but haven’t quite taken the initiative yet, is how important our own attitudes are when it comes to facing a divided road. We can choose to either dance among the sunflowers or we can choose to camp underneath a weeping willow. We can choose to either seek happiness or we can choose to stand still and wonder why we never see the outcomes we so desperately hope to greet. Every decision we make affects our lives, and, in turn, affects our states of mind.
When we opt for the careful, traditional ways of not speaking unless spoken to, we reject our souls’ thirsts for adventure and expression, and we lose the opportunity to find our self-fulfilling prophecies. We shelter our greatness in order to make someone else feel mighty or dominant.
As stated earlier, we need to live recklessly.
When something seems as though it may be a bad idea–but we still desire it–then why not take the daring leap? More often than not, we get endearing and magnificent ideas, but we do not follow through with them. We say to ourselves, “Why should I do this? It isn’t the right thing to do.”
Well, then ask yourself this: “What is right?”
Does the right thing to do involve hiding your own happiness because you don’t think it’s what society wants from you? Does the right thing involve not following through with what you wish to do or with what God may have called upon you to do? By making the decisions to ignore steps in positive directions, we may, perhaps, take two steps back in our own lives.
“So if you wake up with the sunrise, and all your dreams are still as new,
And happiness is what you need so bad, girl, the answer lies with you.”
- "What Is and What Should Never Be" by Led Zeppelin
If you wake up in the morning craving happiness and craving something new, then treat yourself and hunt your prey, your ambition, your objective.
If you wake up in the morning craving something bittersweet, then hope for sweetness. Sink your teeth into and run with it.
The answer lies with you.
Lauren is a Ball State University alumna with a Bachelor's degree in English and a concentration in Creative Writing. She enjoys breakfast for dinner with a side of literary enjoyment.