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Were the most important decisions of your life all the result of cold, hard math? Or did you ever follow your gut?
How did those decisions turn out? Did your grand strategies collapse under unforeseeable circumstances? Did your enthusiasm for impulsive or intuitive commitments wane? Or have your preparations proved fertile? Have your feelings guided you to joyful, surprising experiences?
Did the nature of those decisions make it more or less difficult to adapt to new circumstances later on?
We conservatives regularly discuss all kinds of careful designs for an individual’s life: retirement plans, courtship and marital customs, educational paths, social networking strategies, etc. I wonder if we emphasize such planning too much or too little.
To what extent should life be mapped? What things are better discovered or responded to on-the-fly? How important are improvisation skills? What is the role of emotions in life, if not to direct us?
I think perhaps that ‘The grass is always greener on the other side.” The statisticians of the world wish they had been more impulsive. Free spirits wish they had made more plans.