Received some news about a member of my family. While it was requested that I don't go into detail, it started me thinking. Things we do make differences we might not even expect.
If I hadn't gone to town in May of '88, I wouldn't have been hurt. I also wouldn't (most likely) become an amateur radio operator, and would have never met my husband.
If Husband hadn't been rather annoyingly persistent, I probably wouldn't have married him. And we wouldn't have been together going on 19 years.
If my Dad hadn't been in the Navy, he probably wouldn't have met Mom, been persistent, and married her. (Is persistence a guy thing?)
What would have happened in high school, if I had tried pot, or went ahead and helped with the senior prank where we were going to cherry bomb the toilets?
What if I had went on to become an educator in the public schools?
What if I worked harder on being assertive?
What if I put more time into some things I put off, and less into others? I have cut way back on television, and amazingly, more 'stuff' is getting finished. If I make a point of writing daily, would I have a better chance of getting my book written? (Might help if I get more than an outline going, huh?)
Will volunteering lead me to meet people that could get me a 'real' job? Or a job might be available because of my background? (That's how my Dad was hired, the hiring person had heard of his varied background in electronics.)
I can choose to eat a good breakfast, that I might not like as well as just grabbing a candy bar. I could choose to sit and knit, rather than go exercise. (On occasion, I have made the choice of exercising AND knitting. Bad choice, especially when you lose a dpn in tall grass... But I can walk and knit at the same time, amazingly.)
Tom Petty concert, or a new computer? Seeds, or candy? Volunteer, or stay home? Hat, or sunscreen, or none? Be friendly, or avoid people? None of these could be life altering choices, but at the same time, yes they can.
No one is perfect, but there is something to be said for choices.
Here's hoping that all your choices are good.