Making a decision is hard enough. Making a big decision is an order of magnitude worse. They say hindsight is 20/20, but sadly, time travel doesn’t exist. You make decisions and you live with the consequences.
On the bright side, no matter what you decide, you really don’t have the benefit of that 20/20 hindsight. I don’t think hindsight is 20/20 at all; I think it’s really completely blind. You can’t ever know what would have been if you decided something different.
When I lost my TV job back in 2005, I decided to go back to school for journalism to pursue a different career path. I can easily look back now and say, “That was a good decision.” On the other hand, I can’t say, “It was the best decision.”
I don’t know what would have happened if I stuck it out in the TV business. Maybe I’d have found a great job and I’d be happy and well paid, living a good life. Or maybe I’d have been stuck working freelance gigs for a couple of years before giving up on what felt like a dying industry.
One thing I know for sure: I got a good job right out of school and we’re living a pretty good life with a nice house in a good area of Toronto. It’s not perfect, but we don’t really have all that much to complain about.
But here we sit, thinking about making a big change and wondering if it’s the right thing to do. Eventually we’ll come to a decision, and we’ll live with that decision.
Whatever happens, we’ll look back in a couple of years and think either, “That was the best thing we ever did,” or, “I wonder what life would have been like had we done that?” or, “What were we thinking? That was the dumbest thing we ever did.”
But no matter what, we’ll simply live with the decision because that’s what life is all about. It’s a giant, years-long game of choose your own adventure.
With that in mind, we have some thinking to do, and some decisions to make. We’ll see what happens…