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24 February 2010 @ 02:02 pm
Brainstorming: Child's Play  
For a long time when I was a kid, I was convinced I was gonna be an architect.  I especially loved roaming the Indianapolis Public Library.  The rooms were huge, the ceilings were high, and there was a pair of black marble lions that roared outside to ward off evil visitors.

Well, when I hit high school, I found that I didn't have the proficiency to draft, let alone to be an architect.  It was quite a blow to my self esteem, but I accepted it as a limitation.  Nothing sticks out in my mind more the juxtaposition between gracefully leaving drafting class versus calling out to interview possible businesses and being told by an interior designer that "he would never choose this job again and hopes no one ever would."  That was frightening for me.

Another choice I made that comes to mind was when a professor in college called me to his office to review the English entrance test I'd done.  When I went to schedule my appointment, the secretary spoke of him with such stars in her eyes and I realized that even if I were to get there, I didn't want to do it because of him.  I made a rash judgment that may have changed my future for better or worse.

I think our lives are made up of decisions like this and, for the most part, we are blissfully unaware or ignorant of what these decisions truly affect.  So, having that said that....

What decisions have you made that have affected your life the most?
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cedarwolfsingercedarwolfsinger on February 25th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
There are several. First -- my decision to quit my job at a law firm and become a freelance sign language interpreter. I took a 50% pay cut, and have never really recovered economically. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Second -- the decision to marry my husband. We'll be married 20 years in June. Third -- and perhaps most important on a practical level -- my decision to have gastric bypass surgery. Had I not made that decision seven years ago, I would not be alive now. They gave me 2 years to live -- and it would have been a gradual diminishing existence. Now I can walk and breathe at the same time! (Among other things!)