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"We cannot go back. That's why it's hard to choose. You have to make the right choice. As long as you don't choose, everything remains possible."
I just watched a film called "Mr. Nobody" and I kind of loved it. As the best films usually do, it got me thinking...about the choices we make and the lives we could have lived if we had taken a different path.
To give you a bit of back story on the film, the story is based on an old man recounting his life. Each life completely different. Each life based on the path he created from a choice he had made at a pivotal moment. His life goes in completely different directions based on which woman he chooses to love.
One of the major themes of the film was being able to go back in time. The story explored the idea of an action setting a path into forward motion...ink spilling from a pen, smoke releasing from a cigarette. We can set these things out into motion, but we can never take them back. Our choices in life are much like this.
Are we destined by design to choose these paths? I don't think so. What's the fun in that anyway?
I choose to believe that we are the architects of our own lives. That part of the beauty of this life is that we are faced with a million tiny choices everyday, each one affecting the outcome of our journey. That life is a beautiful flurry of little choices. I believe each day is a chance to make a different choice for yourself.
So, how do we know if we're making the right choices? Who's to say there's a right choice as opposed to a different choice? We can not live our lives in regret wishing we had chosen an alternate path. There is only here and there is only now...there is only the choice we decide to make in this moment. Each choice leading us to a different life...teaching us a new lesson. Isn't that magical?
"Each of these lives is the right one! Every path is the right path. Everything could have been anything else and it would have just as much meaning."