When I was younger, I used to look at life like a multiple choice exam. In my head whenever I was faced with decisions, I would think about the question at hand and the various letters of the alphabet that coordinated with each choice. I used to think life was simple- choose the right answer and the more right answers you choose, you’re closer to passing.
Some of the choices would look excruciatingly similar, but in some cases there was more than one choice that fit. You remember that annoying thing your teacher used to say where there might be more than one right answer, but theres only one best answer? Or those questions where you had to check all that applied, rather than just one? I hated that, but I guess in life it’s true. Sometimes theres more than one right choice, and sometimes you have to do all the right choices in order to get the question completely correct. I used to look at your success rate of life being the letter grade you got. How many right choices did you choose? Did you pass with honors or did you fail without getting a retake? Did you take advantage of the extra credit scattered throughout the exam?
I must sound like a nerd, I know. I mean who metaphorizes life with an exam? But in the most basic sense possible- life is all about multiple choice questions.
Everything you do in life is a choice. You choose how you react to situations even when you don’t necessarily like how you feel. You can choose to rise above or do what you’d be most proud of. But most importantly, you choose who you are. Often times we forget that every day is a fresh start. You don’t need to move halfway across the world to wake up the next morning and completely change your life. If you don’t like who you are, there’s nothing stopping you from choosing to be better.
I’m not saying that making the right choice is the easiest or the most obvious choice. You know how sometimes in a test you’ll be so sure that the answer you chose is the best one but it ends up being wrong even though you were convinced it was right? It happens. We make mistakes. We’re not expected to get a 100% on this test.
We can’t retake this exam, and thats the scariest part. But don’t forget that this teacher is the most forgiving of them all. He gives partial credit and theres tons of extra credit to boost your grade. Plus, He leaves a pretty big curve at the end of the term.
You have all the study materials. You have the example of the teacher’s best student, and even the guide the teacher wrote himself.
The choice is yours on whether you want to study or not.