We all have things in and about our lives that we wish we could change and some of those things we can change while others we can’t. But is that really true or are we just lacking the “tools” that could help us make those changes? Or do we give up too easily when the path leading to our goal gets too steep and we have to try harder than we would really like? I would love to be a physicist but I am lacking the mathematical knowledge to become one and, quite honestly, I don’t seem to have the aptitude for math that one needs to pursue that particular career. I’m not saying that I’m not capable of doing the math…I just prefer to take the path of least resistance and my brain resists higher level math. So that’s one thing that I could probably change but choose not to because it would require more work than I want to put forth. And, honestly, as I think about the things I’d like to change, I see a pattern emerging. I could beat myself up over it or I could just do a bit of analysis. Take my physics aspirations…the way that I see it, the ROI isn’t good enough for me to expend the effort. I’d probably need at least a year or more of math before I could attempt to take actual physics classes. Then when I felt my math was strong enough to take those classes, I’d need to get a doctorate to be taken seriously so by the time I was finished, I’d be getting close to seventy. My return on investment would be pretty much zero. Getting fit is one of those things that I really need to do and the ROI would be excellent but I’ve been resisting it for about as long as I’ve been alive. So I could make the needed changes and I’d reap the benefits but I haven’t done it up to this point for no other reason that it wouldn’t be easy. Not much of a reason, is it? So, we don’t make these changes for a lot of different reasons…some legitimate and some not. We are the only ones that can decide to make the changes and we don’t have to answer to anyone but ourselves if we choose not to make them. We just need to try to make sure that we make the changes that will make us happy and enrich our lives. That’s all we can do.
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