Life starts out as a blank slate. The person we become is a collaboration of choices we make and the circumstances of those choices. As a child, our parents make for us most of those choices, but even then we have the choice of how we react.
As we get older, we become more independent, leaning less and less on mom and dad. We expand our horizons, seeing the world through our own eyes instead of someone else’s. We develop friendships, some becoming lifelong. These friendships, whether lifelong or just at that moment, lead us down a path of adventure and questions. What are we going to do with the rest of our lives? Will we marry and have children? Where will we live?
The decisions we make may not always be the right ones, but they were our decisions to make. We either reap the rewards of those choices or we suffer the consequences. Either way, we own them.
There will be choices we have made we will regret, but that’s what is so exciting about life. It adds color to the world. It’s what makes us unique, one of a kind. There is no one else in this world like us, and all because we chose the path we would go on.