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On Choices

A choice is not made until acted upon. It’s one thing to decide to climb a mountain but another thing to actually prepare for it and do it. The real choices you make are your actions, whether you are aware of it or not. If you decide to chase a certain goal but end up never taking the appropriate steps to achieve it or give up along the way you have chosen through your actions not to pursue the goal.

Not choosing is a choice in itself. When you don’t consciously make a choice someone or something else will. Of course you are free to decide to let others or the circumstances make the choices for you and see where it gets you. However, when you do so, it doesn’t excuse you from the responsibility over your live. If you choose to let other people and circumstances make the choices for you, you have to accept the consequences of this. You can’t blame others or the circumstances if things don’t end up like you wanted. It was your choice not to take control in the first place. In order to really be free to shape our destiny you first need to commit to making your own choices. This means accepting full responsibility for your choices, both those you made and failed to make.

You are responsible for everything you do and what happens to you simply because you have to live with the consequences. Even when something out of your control happens to you and gets in the way of your plans you are the one responsible for dealing with it. This because it is your life and the unexpected obstacle towards reaching your goals affects you. You can ask for help but you still need to take the initiative.

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Survive and grow

There might not be a reason for life to exist in the first place, but life itself isn’t without any objectives. The reason why life has been around for so long and has flourished is because it has its own goals it stays true to. We can align our goals to those of life itself which we are part of. So what are these objectives? Even a casual look at nature shows us that every successful life form adheres to at least one basic rule: Survive.

Dying is the result of the surrounding taking its toll on the being. Even though we see death as a natural part of life it does not seem to be programmed into our DNA, growing up is, but our decay later is due to the DNA getting damaged and cells not copying correctly. It’s our most basic instinct to try to survive as long as possible and eventually passing on our genes in order to live on through our offspring. So the most basic thing you should do is to survive, however this is not something we have to actively think about in most developed countries. We have no natural predators and in order to get food we only need to walk to the supermarket. Even disease is something we are able to cope with better and better as time goes on. This means that besides just making sure you don’t get hit by a car and making sure there is food on the table we still have a lot of free time on our hands. Not to mention that there are many ways to actually earn enough money to put that food on the table in the first place. Besides, surviving is something we have to do in order to be alive, it doesn’t really say much about what to do with it in the meanwhile. We don’t just want to survive; we would like to live in a way that is fulfilling and pleasant. So how do we do that?

Everything that stops growing starts dying. Growth or in other words development is a crucial part of both our survival and the quality of our life. As long as our cells properly renew themselves we stay strong and healthy, as long as we keep learning new things our minds stay fit. In a more basic sense developing new skills and learning new information helps us to survive. It enables us to deal with the challenges we come across. Besides pure survival value it also benefits our well being.

When we learn more about the world around us and acquire new skills we enable ourselves to get more out of our lives. We enrich our imagination when we broaden our minds with new knowledge and we unlock new things we can achieve once we acquire new skills. Applied knowledge is not just power, it’s freedom. When you look at life as if it’s a game you basically upgrade yourself each time you acquire new knowledge or develop your skill set. The more you upgrade yourself the more options open up. Things you could not do before are possible now which in essence broke down a barrier and increased your freedom of choice in how to live your life. Learning new things enables us to gain more control over our lives and helps us choose what to do with it. So keep learning.