Make a Big Choice

By ERIN GATHERCOAL

Features Editor

 I’ll be the first to admit that we do not live in a perfect world. This giant rock we live on is plagued with wars, famine, disease, “Jersey Shore” and “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” Plus, let’s face it: if we lived in a perfect world, things would always go the way we wanted. The fact is, as the philosopher Mick Jagger once said, “You can’t always get what you want.” Part of going to college and growing up is accepting that fact and not throwing a royal conniption about it. One thing I’ve noticed I have in common with many friends is a fear of big decisions, especially those pertaining to the future. Go to grad school or take a few years off? Move to another part of the country or stay close to home? Pursue a second degree or stick with your original choice? Scary, huh? Don’t worry. You aren’t the only one. When you think about it, your entire life has been preparing for you for this grand time in your life to make decisions that will affect the rest of your life. 

Even the simplest questions you asked when you were little like, “Do you want apple juice or orange juice for breakfast?” led the way to middle school questions like, “Do I start playing a sport or an instrument?” After you figure those questions out, you get to high school and here come questions like, “What classes do I take?” and “Where should I go to college?” Here you are at college, and here come those scary questions about your future. Soon you’re going to have think about things like bills, mortgages, and doing your own dishes.

The future’s scary. There’s no reason to deny it. It’s scary because we don’t know what’s coming. Writer Peter F. Drucker offers the best advice: “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” If, however, you’re so afraid of the future that you can’t make a decision, you’re going to be stuck wherever you stop. As my advisor says about making a character choice in theatre: “Make a big choice. It’s better to make a wrong choice than no choice at all.” Even if a choice you pick is wrong, you will be farther along the path of life and you will have learned something. Make big choices, live life and experience everything you can, because the worst part of your life will be waking up and realizing that you missed out.