Dennis Swanberg made a joke about this advice during his talk at my great uncle’s 70th birthday celebration on Monday. He was clearly joking when he said it, but I took it as some extremely valuable insight.
The way I see it, there will always be situations that require a decision to move forward in one direction or another, like metaphorical forks in the bumpy road called life. With an actual diverging path, you could always slow yourself down to stall before your options and imagine what either future might entail. (That’s what I would do, at least… I absolutely HATE making decisions on the spot!) Life, however, does not allow you to slow down and think because time simply does not stop. So instead of wasting precious moments worrying about your future, it’s best to enjoy the present and just go forward in one way or another – and when it comes to a fork in the road, just “take it.” Just keep moving. It really doesn’t even matter which direction you choose or where you end up, and that’s the beauty of it all. Even if you think you’ve made a wrong turn, there is no such thing; experiences are learning opportunities and the only way you can fail is if you choose to stand still or refuse to grow. I’ve had a hard time convincing myself to think this way since college is right around the corner and I’m still extremely hesitant, but I’m getting working on changing that. Ultimately, I need to remember that every path converges and in the end, the destinations are all the same – so as long as I’m moving somewhere, I know that I’m on the right track. As long as I don’t stand still, I can and will succeed.