Updated: Aug 27
Be rational, weigh the pros and cons, take a moment to think about things, sleep on it... these are the steps you are told to take anytime you are faced with a big decision in your life. That is the norm, "how everyone does it."
And there is nothing wrong with that. Some of us need to write things down and take the time to think about them. To create our spreadsheets and make our calculations, and ask others for their inputs. To look at things from every possible angle, and then make an informed decision.
Others operate on instinct, in the moment, and based on how they feel. They are labelled as "spontaneous", "impulsive", "risk takers". The ones who follow their hearts and their passions- who wait for nothing and for no one, they just "do".
Unfortunately, we have been taught that one group is superior to the other. We have been told that being rational far outweighs following your instinct- and the sad part is many of us don't realise that this school of thought has become second nature to us- we've lost the ability to discern what we want, or who we are.
There is nothing wrong with weighing your options before making a decision, but there is also nothing wrong with taking risks and living in the moment. Different approaches work for different people- and that's ok!
As someone who is led by her heart- I can tell you that every time I decided to go against my nature, based on people's advice, I regretted it. Whether your decisions are led by your mind or by your heart, don't let people's opinions change who you really are- do what works for you, and you will find that you will ultimately be happier for it. Embrace who you are, and live your authentic life! :)