I recently had Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction in my left knee. Recovery from this surgery usually requires a full ankle to thigh brace, and the patient has to be very careful to not pivot or twist while the new ligament is healing.
Because I was terrified of falling or twisting in the shower, I put a chair in the shower to ensure I would not fall for a few weeks after surgery. Once I felt confident of weight bearing on my left leg without the brace, I got rid of the chair. I saw this as a victory, and was sharing my accomplishment with my family. Right after I stated my success, my oldest son said “but why WOULDN’T you want to sit down in the shower?”. Well, I guess I never really thought about that. Sitting actually was quite comfortable, but I didn’t like that I HAD to sit to take a shower.
This little shower discussion made me think about the power of choice.
Most of the time, choice is good!
Having multiple options in most situations can be very helpful. For myself, I can’t stand being backed into a corner with little or no choices. However, some people prefer to NOT have a choice so that a decision can be made for them. Not having options eliminates second guessing or worrying over any particular decision.
However, I think having options is key to feeling freedom and maybe even having an optimistic outlook.
Think about your own future.
Wouldn’t you rather have the ability to travel to visit family, maybe spend the winter months in a warm climate, and have choices regarding medical care in your retirement years? If you do want to have such options, it requires a lot of work and a lot of money. You can’t go through your life spending as you wish and magically expect to have the ability to do whatever you want in the future. (Unless you are born with more money than you can spend.) You must be disciplined in order to attain that freedom. It takes sacrifice, planning, and some good luck and health too.
So, if you live your life without goals, rethink that strategy. It is never too late to start saving and planning for tomorrow. It may be easier to live day-to-day for now, but it will make your life much harder in the long run.
If you do have a plan for the future, when did you create it? Have you stuck to your plan, or does it evolve?