Today’s life advice: ALWAYS MAKE THE HARD CHOICE.
Remember the episode of Seinfeld, where George decides his life sucks because he always makes bad decisions?
George: It’s not working, Jerry. It’s just not working.
Jerry: What is it that isn’t working?
George: Why did it all turn out like this for me? I had so much promise. I was personable, I was bright. Oh, maybe not academically speaking, but … I was perceptive. I always know when someone’s uncomfortable at a party. It became very clear to me sitting out there today, that every decision I’ve ever made, in my entire life, has been wrong. My life is the opposite of everything I want it to be. Every instinct I have, in every aspect of life, be it something to wear, something to eat … It’s all been wrong.
Waitress: Tuna on toast, coleslaw, cup of coffee.
George: Yeah. No, no, no, wait a minute, I always have tuna on toast. Nothing’s ever worked out for me with tuna on toast. I want the complete opposite of tuna on toast! Chicken salad, on rye, untoasted, with a side of potato salad … and a cup of tea!
Elaine: Well, there’s no telling what can happen from this.
Jerry: You know chicken salad is not the opposite of tuna, salmon is the opposite of tuna, ’cause salmon swim against the current, and the tuna swim with it.
Yeah, this is kinda what I’m talking about, only without the coleslaw.
If you don’t want to do it because it’s too hard, that’s exactly what you need to do.
~ Cook or grab take-out? Cook.
~ Walk away from the new jeans or buy them on credit? Walk away.
~ Watch tv or work out? Work out.
~ Study for an A or wing it for a B? Study.
~ Coke or water? Water.
~ Be comfortably introverted or introduce yourself? Come on, make a friend.
~Accept what’s in front of you, or wait for what you know is right? Wait.
For heaven’s sake, wait.
I’d love to tell you that’s what I always do, but OBVIOUSLY it’s not. MUCH TOO OFTEN I take the easy road, sometimes out of laziness, sometimes out of impatience, sometimes out of thinking it won’t matter in the long run. I can tell you from more years of experience than I care to admit, those are the decisions I have regretted. But the times I have been intentional… the times I have been disciplined… the times I have thought through the consequences… THOSE are the times I can look back on and see the results and feel good about life.
Do the opposite of what your lazy self wants to do. Sure, it’s difficult, hence the words “HARD choice”. But today you’ll have taught yourself a little discipline and tomorrow you will like yourself a little better if you just keep at it.
Except, of course, when it comes to making your bed. (Even though my mom required it be done every day growing up.) I just don’t get it. Nobody is going to see it except me. Like Jim Gaffigan said, “It doesn’t make sense. It’s like tying your shoes AFTER you take them off.” So even though I won’t likely MAKE the bed today, it’s Monday, which means I WILL wash the sheets today.
Even though I don’t wanna.