Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?
Some people find every decision difficult to make. Others with very busy lives find even the most simple decisions taxing. In a recent Vanity Fair piece, President Obama described why he only wears blue or grey suits:
“I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make,”
The President of the United States should not be spending his time thinking about what suit to wear when there is so much to be considered. There are likely things you can do to remove unimportant decision-making from your life.
But sometimes you need to make a decision.
There will be moments in life that force you to choose between what you were doing and what you could be doing. There will be times where you cannot choose to do it all.
The above Facebook comments were in response to a sophomore’s status about feeling like he was stretching himself too thin at Berklee College of Music. They were made tongue-in-cheek but both were serious. My comment meant that you should always be prepared for change.
I don’t know the young man very well but I do know how involved he is with many activities both in school and out. There is nothing wrong with huge ambition and I respect him greatly for that. Outside of classes and 3 (THREE!) ensembles he has done an internship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, works at the Box Office for the Berklee Performance Center, and is the Musical Theatre Orchestra Assistant Manager.
College is a place to experiment both academically and, for some, in other ways as well. It’s a time to discover what you really care about. There’s a good reason so many college students transfer, take time off, etc; curious individuals seek to use this time to learn about themselves and what they want to be.
After you find out what that is, it becomes the time to focus. That doesn’t mean you cannot change your mind later. Be completely open to pivoting because you probably will need or want to at some point in life.