Decisions, Decisions

Describe a decision you made in the past that helped you learn or grow.

I’d say I’ve never been very adventurous…until this century. I usually played it safe with investments, job moves, and life decisions. Putting off having a child until achieving some measure of financial solvency and health insurance probably delayed the process too long, so I never had a child. For most of my life that caution would rule my behavior.

And then I had my retinal detachment. I’ve described elsewhere the day I decided to take a look at it, and opened my eyelid to see…a zombie eye staring back at me. It was terrifying. And I went and sat on my bed, filled with despair—a feeling I had never known before (or since).

But that feeling did not last long. I shook it off (not literally, because that would have disturbed the gas bubble holding my retina to the side of my eyeball), and resolved to seize the day. The image in the mirror showed me a horrifying future, and I decided then that I would be more adventurous and risk-taking. And I believe I have been (though I still don’t gamble).

Tell me about your decisions; comment on what influenced you? And as always, please like and follow!

But before I let you go: Writing to today’s prompt also reminded me of a poem I had written earlier, called “So Relaxed.”

I am never so relaxed
As I am in a New York cab
Anything can happen
Suddenly and without warning
From any direction
So I just…
Let go
And relax
Now if only I could do that
With the rest of my life
You just never know…
Your tire blows out while going 70
Another driver had too much to drink
Someone’s brain, cooked on
Cell phone microwaves and anti-depressants
Goes berserk and starts shooting in your direction
It could happen anytime
So we have to enjoy life when we can
Experience things that present themselves
Live life fully and appreciate each moment
Because we might be dead
In ten minutes

Published by stephenschrum

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts; interested in virtual worlds, playwrighting, and filmmaking. Now creating a podcast called "Audio Chimera."

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