This past weekend I skipped my college reunion. Not a startling decision considering I just am not into things like that. I stay in touch with the people I wish to. I suppose it could be nice to see how some people changed. But inevitably it’s almost always the same people who go to these gatherings.
While I wasn’t there I did look at many of the hundreds of photographs that were posted. It was nice to see people having such a great time reconnecting and reminiscing. But it also got me thinking of how life can take so many turns and different routes often depending on just one small decision. How I chose my college was random. My friends not so much as proximity seemed to play a large role in that. But I flipped a coin for my first post-doctoral job. Answering a particular phone call several moons ago led to a completely different outcome than what I had anticipated at that point in time.
We are often one decision away from a different life. We can’t always think through all options for every decision. Sometimes we have to take a leap of faith and see where life takes us. But even so we need to be mindful how even a small decision (i.e. where to eat, what dress to buy, what email to forward) can set up an alternate state of being.