|Three years after deciding to attend college in Oregon I married the spouse. That one decision changed the course of my life.|
One of my favorite bloggers, Mr. London Street, recently wrote about wanting his life to be a movie. He wanted snappy dialog, memorable settings, and atmosphere. He, of course, is the hero in his movie. Since I spent yesterday traveling home from Austin, I had lots of time sitting on airplanes and in the terminals for my mind to wander. I found myself pondering the turning points in life and wishing that there was a soundtrack that would clue me in when I was about to make a momentous decision. The music would rise and I would know that I was about to be eaten by a shark or make a life changing decision.
I don't need a soundtrack to decide if I'm having cheerios or mini-wheat's for breakfast, but I can think of numerous times when a music cue would have given me more time to think through an opportunity before making a decision. Often my first response is to say no. Usually, with more thought, I can see the opportunities that saying yes can provide.
It's funny to think about the small decisions that can change everything. After high school I left California for college in Oregon. I'd never been to Oregon. I'd never even been to northern California. I decided I wanted to go to school somewhere different. I chose Eastern Oregon College (now Eastern Oregon University) because they wrote me a nice personal letter. The college was smaller than my high school. I didn't decide based on what I wanted to study or my plans for a future career...and I've lived in Oregon ever since. I'm not saying it was a bad decision, just that I didn't realize the impact it would have. My whole life changed with one decision.
I made another decision today. I didn't think about it too much. Even though there was no soundtrack, I'm pretty sure it will be life changing. I bought a lottery ticket for the $550 million Powerball lottery. This could be one of those crossroads...cue the music!