Not Choosing Is a Choice

Krasi Shapkarova

Krasi is Carey the Torch's Editor-in-Chief and also represents the Career Development Office in Washington, D.C., working with students on career exploration and development. Krasi holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Master of Arts in International Human Rights from the University of Denver.

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“If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.”

Rush, Freewill

Making decisions is difficult. And making those that impact one’s future career and life are often the hardest. Choosing one option over another without knowing what the outcome could be is scary and traps us in the grip of indecision. But indecision does not spare us from making mistakes; it is a mistake. It prevents us from taking risks and without taking risks, we shy away from failure and thus do not learn and grow. What matters to us is important and therefore, researching options and making a choice is vital. How do you know what’s the right decision? The right  choice? The truth is you don’t. But by choosing not to decide, you choose stagnation, boredom, and lack of meaning.

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