The first part of this piece was clear to state that the choices we make determine our lives. But how is that so?
When we make a wrong choice in life, we change the whole set of options that comes next. Remember that in the first part of this piece, we agreed that life is a two-road junction, in which each of both roads carry in themselves many other two-road junctions. Now, let’s see an instance.
When in high school, options were set before you:
SCIENCE. ARTS. SECRETARIAL.
Any choice you made determined the next array of options you could choose from. Now, let’s go further.
If you selected a Science class, thou wouldest miss Accounting, Literature-in-English, History, Commerce and Government in thy next array of options.
In a tertiary institution, the department of your choice determined what courses were elective and compulsory for you. The day you signed up for a particular field, ALL other options before you were re-arranged. This is because you must keep choosing, and immediately too.
You cannot choose a smoker for a friend and still choose not to perceive the odour from cigarettes. It’s NOT possible. Because both options are NOT in the same column.
Now, if we say that life is a choice; and if we agree that we keep choosing as long as we keep living, then our choices determine our lives [for they determine what we choose next].
CHOICES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
Your right to choose is yours entirely. What you don’t get back is the choice you have already made. This is because the arrangement of options cannot be reversed! Why?
Time is the stuff life is made of, and time itself cannot be reversed!
So, nobody tampers with your right to choose again. But nobody gives you back a choice that has already been made. In life, you continue choosing but you NEVER get to re-choose! And so, we have the line: you can’t eat your cake and have it.
DON’T LEAVE YOUR LIFE TO LIFE!!!
Many of us are guilty of this.
Some people just move around life as if it were a museum or a park; they are just here for sight-seeing. They live for others. These are the people who easily get heart-broken anytime they are disappointed by others.
In the first part of this article (read it here), we observed that it is not possible to live without choices. We also upheld that not choosing is, indeed, a choice. This is because if you don’t choose, then you have chosen to be chosen for! Now, that is a disastrous choice to make.
Anyone who chooses not has decided to allow life choose for them. When you refuse to choose [or select] from life’s offers (see Part 1), you get anything it (life) hands down to you. So, it is right if we develop this into a line thus:
If you fail to choose something, you have succeeded in choosing ANYTHING!
But why? Why would you leave your life at the mercy of life?
Life comes with good and rude offers, lovely and ugly presents, the nice and the lies… Life unreservedly pours them down at you. But it doesn’t force you to accept any.
Imagine all that heavy mixture of the sweet and the sour rain down on you, just because you refuse to choose. So, you must choose. At least, if you claim that you love your life. If truly you do, then don’t leave it to life!
If you are not afraid to teach others, comment below and share with us how one choice (right/wrong) you made affected your life.
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