How The Decisions We Make Impact Our Lives

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
Eleanor Roosevelt

These 50+ years of my life have been a magnificent roller coaster ride. During those years, I have loved, been in love, lost love, traveled to many countries of this world, meeting some amazing people along the way, some of whom I’ve remained in contact with over the years.  Throughout those years my experiences have expanded my mind in ways I never thought was possible, my experiences have also helped me to relinquish some limiting beliefs which I carried with me like a passport. Some of these beliefs that said, home was safe and change was bad, that success equaled a fat bank account and that I was not good enough to achieve what I wanted.

These beliefs had a huge impact on my life and the decision to release them had an even greater impact because I was no longer crippled by those paradigms.  One of the greatest problems is that, like I was, most people find it difficult to decide what is it they want to do.  They compare the ease of staying in that comfort zone, compared to the discomfort of making the change that’s needed to propel them forward. They think of all the reasons why they are not able to do it.  I must confess, I suffer from decision fatigue. It takes me ages to decide which direction I wish to travel but once I’ve set my course, I’m unstoppable because I’m always curious to know what’s on the other side of my fear.

It’s that spark of enthusiasm I feel that drives me because my love for adventure is always greater than my fear of failure.  If you walk away from something you will always wonder, what it could’ve been, what was beyond that mountain, would I have made over that hurdle?  I know at times our heart can lead us astray but if you put your heart and mind into something, you can’t lose. Some of my best decisions were made in a snap, my heart said go, my mind said we can do this! The little things that make a huge difference in our lives never come easy but they’re worth the initial discomfort and trust me there will be a lot of discomforts when we begin to make changes in our lives.  It’s important to remember that pain is temporary but the decisions we make has a lasting impact on our lives.

Giving up the life I’d lived for 44years was NOT easy, moving to Scotland, two children, and a dog in tow was a huge hurdle for me but it was worth it. Sometimes I look back on it all with a smile, the funniest parts were the reactions of some of my family and friends who said and I quote……”You’re moving where now?” No one understood why I was putting myself through the discomfort of leaving my comfort zone but it was something I needed to expand my evolution. It’s always been a dream of mine to live in another country and when the opportunity presented itself it was my nature to grab the reins.

Pinned Message: There are four months left this year. 2021 may not have gone as you planned, or it may have given you all your heart’s desired. I don’t know. But whatever the case, celebration, or disappointments, in the next few months, I  wish you all the best that life has to offer, may you always have the courage to follow your mind and heart while doing the things you love while making those changes that will lead you to a wonderful life ahead!! 


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©Etta  D. Richards


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