Tonight I came home, did my homework, had something eat and started to write. But what if I had changed the order of these events? What if I had made a different decision? How would my day have changed then? This is something that I have been contemplating recently. The decisions we make, regardless of how big or small, can change the course of our day, year or entire life. This isn’t a blog post in which I will lecture about making smart, informed decisions that will make you happy but instead an opportunity to share with you something that I have been interested in recently. I often find myself making simple decisions that don’t require much thought and then reflecting on those decisions and wondering what would have happened if I had made a different choice.
I have shared with many people in our Moeloco community how I became involved. It’s quite a sweet story. I decided to enter a competition being run by my school that asked us to design a pair of flip flops with inspirational words on the sole. Being an art student, this seemed like a very fun challenge. I submitted my flip flops which read ‘Extra Ordinary’ to my teacher. A few weeks later, I was called out of class by my teacher who told me I had won the competition. I got to meet Kathy and we spoke briefly about Moeloco and their aim to help children in developing countries to walk to school safely. When I arrived home with my prize, a brand new pair of Moelocos, I couldn’t stop thinking about this amazing social enterprise. I found Moeloco on Instagram and sent them a direct message to ask if I could join their team. I love this story and I think it relates directly to what I am discussing in this blog.
I made a series of decisions in the story above. I decided to enter the competition, I decided to find Moeloco on social media and I decided to ask to become part of their community. But, what if I hadn’t? How would my life be different? How would Moeloco be different? If I had not been given a brochure telling me about this competition, my life could be totally different. I truly do believe that everything happens for a reason but I can’t help but think about the others paths in life, the paths we did not chose.
I was speaking to my dad recently and we were saying how if he had not chosen to move to South Africa, where he met my mum, how different both of their lives would have been and of course how I would not be here today. One decision my dad made to move country changed the course of his life, my mum’s life and is the cause of mine and my brother’s life. That idea is unbelievable to me.
Have you ever thought about this? Some people will say it doesn’t matter and I guess it doesn’t because…
“We all have our paths in life we are supposed to follow to find who we are supposed to be, but it’s not always a straight path. There is something inside of us that guides us, and if you are quiet and listen to it, you’ll be all right.
– Kyan Douglas
Don’t let this idea stop you from making spontaneous decisions because they can be the most exciting decisions, but rather just think of this as a philosophical idea.
I hope this interests you as much as it does me!
Until next time, be spontaneous.