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Opportunities, Choices, Life

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by , 01-01-2013 at 02:01 AM (2981 Views)
I had an experience about two months ago where I was sitting in a room waiting to find out something that one way or another would change my life forever. During the first few hours i kept thinking about what my options were. For awhile I concluded that I had no options that would impact the situation in anyway. At some point in between making that conclusion and just recounting some of my life's experiences; I was taken back to what someone used to tell me. To paraphrase, you always have options, just sometimes you don't like those options.

Remembering how true that statement is, pushed me in another direction of thought. I started to consider some of the opportunities that have been afforded to me and how my choices impacted where i am today.

Consider two individuals of equal age years. One of these individuals is born into wealth, the other is not. If they have lived an equal number of days, I would argue that they have had the same quantity of opportunities. The quality of the opportunities are certainly very different, but they have lived the same number of days to make choices. These choices are what define us. A series of options we choose from to get somewhere else. Where we ultimately go may be a place we despise, are content with, want, or somewhere in between.

I have certainly experienced this same thing in my own life. I've known "Trust Fund Baby's" who I once looked at, seeing they had everything one could want. I would look at them and say that they have gotten way more opportunities in a year than I would have in my life. I would regularly see these people just totally ignore, not take advantage of, or just not care about opportunities right in front of them. These are all choices they individually made. Yet looking back, I've gotten way further in life because of my choices. I've been able to do that because growing up i was always being told that I always have choices. I kept that in mind and made my choice from the selection. I never just sat down or went in one specific direction because there was no other choice.

It doesn't stop with "Trust Fund Baby's" either. Growing up I also got to see other people who were in the same situation as i was. The people who are still alive or not felons all have something in common. We all made choices that may have been difficult. Choices that others excluded from their own list of options. We realized that our choices, while they may cause hardship now, could pay off later. All of these choices were actually opportunities in disguise. In fact, I would argue that everyday is another opportunity to make choices.

For example, everyday most of us choose to get out of bed, get a shower, prepare for our day. The alternative is to lay in bed and do nothing (this is the easiest choice). Some people make certain financial sacrifices about the lifestyle they will live, in order to pay off their house faster. Some people do not. These are all opportunities to make choices that will impact our lives.

Maybe its time that the world has a paradigm shift about opportunity's. We all get the same number of opportunities every second of everyday. The quality and type of opportunity may vary from person to person; but, we have the same number. Our opportunities need to be looked at as simple choices.

The night that I realized all of this, i took some notes on napkins, coffee cups, etc... And after having been awake for in excess of 30hrs I thought that maybe i was just imagining that some portion of what i was thinking about made since. I assumed that the lack of sleep, stress, and everything else was just forcing me to believe I had some good and profound idea. A couple days later I started looking at what I had written. In that time of extreme stress and uncertainty, what I had written actually had logically connections that could be drawn. I started to share the concepts with a few others and realized that in a way it was very philosophical. All of those people seemed to think that it was an interesting concept to look at life's opportunities as a series of choices. That we all get the same number of chances to make choices. I've been encouraged to start writing about the topic and see if it goes anywhere else, which is what I'm doing here.

So, To recap... We all get the same number of opportunities, our choices are more important than the quality of opportunity, and we have at the very least 2 choices. Maybe someday I'll expand on these ideas. In any case, for some reason it's been a profound revelation that I've had.
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  1. DigitalDD's Avatar
    I've always felt the difference between really successful people and people who just get by is being able to recognize the good/exceptional opportunities.
  2. Teck's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DigitalDD
    I've always felt the difference between really successful people and people who just get by is being able to recognize the good/exceptional opportunities.
    In many ways that's one of my points...

    You have to be able to walk into a room and ask yourself... What really are my options? Just because at first glance i don't think idea X is a good idea, doesn't mean that's not the best idea... Or that while it may be difficult now, that it is not necessarily the best option for the long run.
  3. ohmigosh's Avatar
    Most times folks don't feel like there's any choice, but it's more like how you described it....I really like the phrase "you always have options, just sometimes you don't like those options."
  4. Gantua's Avatar
    I've always kind of beleived the "fork in the road" thing. Everyone hits a key moment in life where a critical decision takes place which leads to one path or another for good or ill. Some folks have more "forks" than others.
  5. Mindwedge's Avatar
    I had an experience about two months ago where I was sitting in a room waiting to find out something that one way or another would change my life forever
    What was it and how did it turn out?
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