I let you guys down again by not posting in a while. I really have to stop doing that, I know. However, my life has been very busy right now (not trying to make an excuse but if you if read this you might understand). In the past week I went through a major learning experience. I tried something new and it did not work out. From the beginning I was unsure about the whole thing but sticking with my motto of saying yes to life, I did it anyway. Although it didn’t work out, I still learned a lot from the experience. I only want to focus on one lesson for this post: sticking to your gut.
In life we are faced with so many choices every day. A lot of these choices are mundane and do not really weigh on our conscience very much; however, sometimes there are big choices that we know have the potential to change our lives. My experience was one of those choices. Either way I went would have a drastic effect on not only my college years but the rest of my life. Much like every other aspect of my life at this point, I was unsure of what I should do.
A lot of people we telling me I should do it, not pressuring me but just giving their input. I looked into it more and decided to give it a shoot because I did not want to miss a great opportunity. I soon found out that was not the right decision. As I went through the process something wasn’t right. I could feel it. At times I should have felt nervous excitement; I had a pit in my stomach. This experience just did not feel right for me and deep down I knew it.
Despite the feeling in my stomach, my brain was still unsure of what to do. However, it might not have just been ambivalence that was in my brain but fear. I was afraid of changing my decision and regretting it forever. Once I changed my decision I could not go back. In the end though, my brained listened to my gut. I stopped doing what did not feel right to me and it felt good. It has only been a few days since I stopped but I can feel the change in my thoughts and demeanor. I have no animosity toward anyone that was involved in my decision; in fact I meet some great people along the way. The fact of the matter is some things just aren’t for everyone.
Yes, there still is a chance that I could regret not going through with it but I do not believe that will happen. I don’t believe I will regret it because I know that it was not for me. Something felt wrong deep down and I know that this was the better decision. I have grown so much in the past year and I am really getting in touch with myself. I know what is important to me and what my values are. This is why my gut knew what decision to make and I am sure yours does too.
Maybe that is the first step to making a big decision in life: listening to your gut. I am sure it is not always going to give you such a clear sign like it did for me in this case but you have to listen for it. It Before you make a major decision, do a gut check. Ask yourself “is this what I really want and how much am I will to put into this.” Although I can’t remember a time that I did it, I feel that if you go against your gut, your values, who you really are; you will not be happy and you will fail.
Has there ever been a time when your gut was trying to give you an answer in a certain situation? Did you listen to it or ignore it? How did it turn out?