Asking The Right Questions To Get
What Where Who You Want?
Over christmas time last month, I sat down to watch a movie with my brother. I flipped around the channels and landed on Family Man. It’s not a great movie – I swear I don’t like romance comedy dramas – but there wasn’t much else on, and we were both in that “gotta watch a movie” mood.
Early in the movie, the audience is made aware of a decision earlier in Jack’s life. He had been dating Kate when he was younger and had the chance to move to Europe. He knew that leaving Kate would end their romance, but he left anyways and 20 years later he’s a super rich wall street dude who has everything money can buy. He mysteriously wakes up one morning to find himself married to Kate with 2 kids, a job selling tires, and a small house in New Jersey. He get’s a glimpse at what life would’ve been like if he hadn’t have gotten on that plane 20 years earlier – if he made a different choice.
Initially he’s confused and angry and wants his Ferrari and Armani suits back. Eventually, he finds that he likes this new, simple, low stress life better than the old. However, he can’t keep it as it was just a glimpse/gift from an angel or something like that. When he wakes up as the wall street guy again, he goes and finds Kate and true love and happily ever after. Truly a heartwarming story.
Anyways… this got me thinking about big decisions and regret.
Some decisions in life are easy.
You can take a week vacation to the Florida Keys or you can get a colonoscopy. Pick one.
The important, hard decisions are the ones we stress over.
Should I take this job offer in New York, or stay in San Francisco? Should we buy this house, or rent the one a few blocks over?
Those are the one’s I’m after.