Published on November 13, 2012 | by Alexandra Coeln

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Freedom of choice?

Alexandra deciding between a chocolate bar and an apple

Decisions, decisions… [Betoul Mahdey]

Alexandra Coeln – Managing Editor of Arts London News

In the dictionary freedom refers to an absence of undue restrictions and an opportunity to exercise one’s rights, powers, desires or the like. I hate freedom.

Like Chloe in her ‘My life decided on a coin toss’ I cannot make a decision to save my life. Whether it is on what to have for dinner or a life-changing decision my mind just stops working. I can enter a shop to buy a white t-shirt and come out empty-handed because there are crew necks and v-necks and a loose fit or tight fit, the choice is too much. Most of the time, I delegated the task of decision-making to one of my friends or a family member which makes the whole process so much easier.

I blame this on the fact that I am a Libran, and Librans always have to look at every aspect of a situation before making a decision. Though I doubt I can blame astrology for my lack of decision-making skills (I really wish I could).

Why is it so hard for some of us to make our own choices? Is it because we are afraid of making the wrong choice and ending up regretting it? Probably. But why? In most cases sitting through a boring movie is not the end of the world, in fact you might get a funny story out of it.

The problem comes when you have to make life-changing decisions. For some of us, one of these moments is around the corner as the world of careers is waiting for us. The idea of having to make a choice that will impact the rest of our life can be torturous and it is not one you can let your friends decide for you.

But making choices is empowering and it shows that you know what you want and are determined to get it. It takes a long time to trust your decision making skills and if I have one tip it is to always go with your gut feeling. So fellow choice-avoiders there is still hope, you just need to have faith in yourself and hope for the best. In any case we learn from our mistakes. And as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “there are people who make no mistakes because they never wish to do anything worth doing”.

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