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It could’ve been so different

February 10, 2011

I had an interesting discussion with some of my work colleagues yesterday.  We were talking about A’level subjects and how these led us down our various degree choices, university selections and ultimately our career choices.  It was interesting to hear how each of us struggled to make choices & how we perhaps stumbled into the roles we’re in today.  This obviously led us on to the thoughts about how different our lives could’ve been today if we’d made just one different choice along the way.

Choosing a particular final year option led one colleague down a different path to the one he’d originally anticipated. Not knowing anyone with a “real” career and having no careers advice meant he never even considered many alternatives.

Isn’t it interesting how our lives pan out?  How one little thing can have a seemingly huge impact on our lives? We might have ended up in a different city.  Met different people.  Applied for different jobs.  Chosen different groups of friends.  Amazing really how even the smallest of things can change the entire direction of our lives, for ever!

But are we really making these choices or is fate having a say in things?  Perhaps you believe in destiny, that there is a specific role for each of us on this planet of ours, and that no matter what we do we’ll get there eventually. Perhaps you believe that God has a plan for you & that it will all work out for good in the end. Perhaps you believe in karma, that if you do good things, then good things will happen to you in return.

No matter which theory you believe in, it doesn’t change the fact that our decisions, even on a day-to-day basis, can have a huge impact on not only our lives but those of our family, friends & loved ones, and even complete strangers.  Something we decide to do or not do, to say or not say can have an effect that we might not even witness ourselves, but which happens nonetheless.

Perhaps we all need to be more conscious of this?  Perhaps we should all care more about the people around us?  Perhaps we need to be more sensible in our decisions?Perhaps then we will all be happier in our lives.  Hmm, worth thinking about, isn’t it?

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