Not long ago I met with a young woman who is struggling to decide between staying in college or pursuing a less traditional path. As she talked with me I could hear my own words at that age coming from her. Phrases like “There is so much more out there, I just want to travel,” struck a personal chord with me.
I wasn’t quite sure what to say to her. I didn’t even know what I would say to myself at that age. In fact, I’m still sitting with some of the exact same questions and dilemmas I was then.
But there is one lesson that has morphed my perspective and approach to life, which I’ve learned from my tendency to be so rigid and obsessed with making the “right” decisions.
What I’ve realized is that the decisions you make aren’t nearly as important as your ability to remain elastic through the rigidity of your choices and to learn and grow through the aftermath. Life is similar to a maze, with many dead ends that require you to turn a