True Story. For two weeks now I have wanted to write about indecision but couldn’t decide how to write it. At times I can be paralysed by indecision. Ok most of the time. Decide: to make a choice from a numer of options. Ya I Googled it. There in lies the problem. Options. The blue shirt or the green shirt? The backpack that has all the features I want except one or the one that has none of the features i want but is the right size and on sale? By the way 75% off sales are great for us indecisive people because then we can buy both options. Then of course I will have two backpacks and have to convince myself one is for work and one is for play. That never goes well and is ultimately wastful and a bit greedy. This is not to be confused with the I Need It Now So Will Take The Lesser Version Rather Than Wait On Backorder Till The One I Really Want Comes In Syndrome. That road is paved in regret.
My biggest problem is once I make up my mind I inevidably hear “Why did you choose that one?” Usually that comes right after “Hurry up and make up your mind.” I probably should be writing about why I care so much about what other people think. Next time and yes money has been spent on Therapy.
There are of course a billion people willing to give their advice to help you make a decision. One or two of them are sure to tell you what you want to hear. This is usually not a close friend or loved one by the way. They will always tell you some form of the truth and that will just mess you up. Better to ask the new guy at work, or the stranger in the coffee line at Dunkins. These people really get you.
Of course research helps one decide. Which brings me to the COMMENT SECTION or 1,897,096 people have rated this product!! I’ll find a product on Amazon. It is exactly what I want, or think I want, and I browse through the four and five star reviews till I get to that one star. What does Hurumph74 know that the rest of them don’t? Is he the only one willing to tell the truth that the other 156 reviewers were too blind to see?
Case in point, I am typing on a wireless keyboard I just bought. It was cheap. I thought it was a good option at $13. Am I right? One reviewer gave it a 1/2 star, “Beware this product just does not work.” One reviewer came back with “It is so easy to set up my five year old did it in two minutes.” BURN!! Another wrote “Did you puy the batteries in?” I mean it is wireless not magic. If I were to review it I would say the space bar sticks a bit. I would also say it was $13 so you know….
Maybe this post is really about standing by your convictions. I guess my point is that you may not make the best decision or even the right decision but in the end the decision is yours. That really is all that matters if you ask me. I think.
You know I am hovering over the Publish Button trying to decide if I should even post this.
4 thoughts on “Make Up Your Mind”
I love your backpack example, lol! I am that exact same way with yearly planners. In fact, I am already scoping out the 2017 models that are showing up on amazon and have done well to narrow it down to just 3. Sometimes too many choices are not a good thing!
My cousin lives in Nova Scotia and her husband remarked on a Boston shopping trip “So many choices” I had never really thought about it quite like that before!!!
Those of us living in or near large cities have it pretty good when it comes to shopping!
My inspiration was deciding whether to audition for something or go away as planned. The post kinda took a turn towards the materialistic decisions. I love how a theme can kind of take its own path from head to page!