It’s odd how life throws you options.
In literature and media these ‘opportunities’ are profound. Albus Dumbledore said ‘there comes a time when we must choose between what is right and what is easy’, but life is not always like that. Some dilemmas, options, opportunities, however you want to wrap them up, lie between two things you want as badly as each other. In such a situation it must ultimately be our choices which define us. Each path will have different outcomes, affect your very self and those around you in unique ways. Each option will probably come with its own set of benefits and sacrifices.
Then, there is the reality of living with your choice. Is it everything you’d hoped? Would you make different decisions if given the option? In this I think myself lucky that I believe, if given my time again, I would make no changes. However it does not stop the ‘what if’s’ or prevent the hope that the tide will change and provide a situation where simultaneous dreams can come true.
I believe human beings are designed to dream, it is in our nature. Therefore sometimes denying ourselves our hearts desire (for a short while at least) can be a lesson in appreciation…why else do religions practice fasting and sacrifice (not in the give up your first born kind of way)?
Sometimes however, you just have to throw caution to the wind. You must take the risky option and deal with the consequences. Our world will always provide obstacles and opinions which hold you back, but it is the bold and the brave that prosper, those who stand by their convictions to fulfil their dreams. They too must have had options, dilemmas, forks in the road. History is strewn with legends of those who defied their families to be with the one they love, or fought their country to stand by their religious beliefs. There are those who risked fortunes to build empires, and lives to discover new lands. Although for every hero, we must remember there are a thousand forgotten failures. If it were not for those risk takers would we, as a race be where we are today? Or is it not the risk takers? Is it the thoughtful ones, those who bide their time and wait for the perfect opportunity to make all their dreams come true, rather than sacrificing one for the other, that are truly happy in the end?
Ultimately, who comes off better, the risk takers or the planners? And which one had more fun along the way?