Process of Elimination

When it comes down to it, that’s all anyone’s life ever is. it’s all any decision ever is. In choosing to do something you have to eliminate the possibility to do something else.

You know that weekend, when you chose to spend both nights inebriated thinking Sunday would be more than enough time to finish the stacks of work awaiting you? Yeah, that weekend. Those multiple weekends. You eliminated your opportunities to maybe do what you should’ve, in the form of what was due first thing monday.

That decision you made to go to the gym? You eliminated the possibility of you staying home and watching Bridget Jones while throwing chocolates at the T.V., crying about your failed relationship when, let’s be honest, half the time there isn’t a relationship to begin with. Good choice, by the way, you eliminated correctly.

And that time you kissed that random thirty year old whose face has become a blur and whose name was never even brought up. You chose not to stay with your friends and dance, but to veer away from your original plans. You eliminated the possibility of going home alone because you were in too much of a need for affection it didn’t seem like it was going to happen.

You never really know what the right choice is in life though. This isn’t the SATs, where there’s a fixed answer. There is only one way to know if anything is 100%, and that’s when there isn’t another choice at all.

When you question whether you should be with someone, you have to consider the possibility that you cease being with them. Is that worth it? I guess you could say that, quite simply, you love them. But how do you know that? You know that when you can’t imagine not loving them, or not being with them. You know they’re the right person when there isn’t another choice to eliminate.

And in situations like this, you’re the only person who will ever know if what you did is the right thing to do. That’s what makes it so difficult – knowing that you’re putting all of your faith into yourself, hoping that you didn’t overlook what could change your day, your year, or maybe your life.


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