We watched a very interesting movie last night, Adjustment Bureau (starring Matt Damon), which was very thought provoking. The concept was that everyone goes along in life on a formal, documented plan. And if you intentionally or unintentionally veer from the plan, the Adjustment Bureau is right there to make the proper ‘adjustment’. I won’t give too much away because I think it’s a good one to see.
In real life, how many times do we make decisions we’re not sure of? Like, almost 100% of the time, right? Yet we hear stories about someone who, at the last minute, changes flights to later find out the original flight was involved in a fiery crash. Or we change jobs, thinking the grass is greener, only to find out we have moved completely out of the green pasture into a drab, paved lot. We make a decision to take what’s behind Curtain #1, but then always wonder, “What if I had chosen Curtain #2…”
I’m fascinated by how much of a plan we’re all following in our simple lives and how much power we have to change a plan that’s seemingly already set in motion. 16+ years ago, my mother changed her plan dramatically, by quitting her lifelong smoking addiction and becoming active. 15+ years ago, Scott changed his plan by also getting active, which started a healthy new zest for running. I also took the ‘get active’ route and made a decision to return to school to complete the bachelor’s degree I had started but not finished so long ago.
I don’t know how long Mom would’ve lasted if she hadn’t quit smoking when she did. I also don’t know how healthy (or not) Scott would be today, had he stayed complacent at his greater weight and unhealthy lifestyle. I'll never know the job offers I didn’t get before I finally completed my bachelor’s and then my master’s degree. I do know that questioning past decisions can lead to a paralyzing feeling, so I prefer to look back just long enough to try to learn something (anything!) from past decisions – good or bad.
Making any decision at least signifies a commitment to doing something, right?
So, which curtain do you think my Fall marathon training schedule is hiding behind??