I was just chatting to my friend and I uttered my famous line, the one I rip out about every fourth day:
‘That’s what I love about life, you never know how the day’s going to end.’
Even though I’ve said that line about 84,932 times, I really mean it.
When I wrote this blog the other week, one of the things I listed liking was tiny interesting choices.
Tiny interesting choices.
They’re my favourite.
A lot of people think it’s the milestones that matter in life – and they do – but so do the tiny interesting choices.
Graduating is exciting, but you know what else is? Being on a city street on a Tuesday night and making the choice between turning left or right.
I’m not being sarcastic.
The big things in life – weddings and babies and houses and holidays and birthdays ending in 0 – they’re all very special. They’re magical and memorable and I love the way they pepper life with joy and love and adventure.
But you don’t do them every day.
Living from milestone to milestone is not for me. It’s not enough. It’s not living.
Living is making tiny interesting choices.
Left or right. Up or down. Yes or no. Jump or freeze. Charge or stall.
All the little things; the choice between smiling at a stranger, or not. Meeting a friend at the corner café for a chai latte at 9pm on a rainy night, or watching TV. Walking through an unmarked door, or walking past it. Replying to an email, or sending it to the trash.
They’re the things that make the difference. They make all the difference.
They might not make it to the photo album – or they may.
The best thing about tiny interesting choices is you don’t know where they’ll wind up. Maybe the stranger walks right past you or maybe they become someone. Maybe you just chat with your friend or maybe you have the longest, hardest laugh you’ve had all year. Maybe the door leads to a dead end or maybe you discover something wonderfully new.
You don’t know.
I don’t know.
And that’s where the magic is.
In the tiny interesting choices; the underrated, unknown, seemingly unremarkable.
In the conversations and the promises and the aspirations. In the mistakes and the frustrations and the chaos. In the glances and the giggles and the noise.
Ahead of you are goals and plans and milestones.
And right now you’ve only got tiny interesting choices.
Don’t write them off.
There are so many adventures you will miss in the pursuit of a milestone.
Don’t be comfortable.
Don’t be hesitant.
Make tiny interesting choices.
You never know how the day’s going to end.
It’s what I love about life.