We all have to make choices. You choose whether or not to say hello in the halls, you choose whether or not to eat that last cookie, you choose whether or not you are going to bed on time or not. But, there are also choices that other people make for you. Your peers around you choose what’s in style, whether you like it or not. Your parents choose if you go out. Your siblings choose whether to get you in trouble or not.

Choice is everywhere, and we choose things, constantly. But, how do we know if these choices are correct? Sure, we have a moral compass, but one that points to a different north for everyone, so it isn’t always reliable. We have the suggestions, or ‘help’ we get from our friends, but often times, people fail to look at what is best for us, or instead choose what is best for them.

There is no ‘old faithful’ in the business of choice, no steadfast direction to go when making a decision. Yet, people constantly ask for others opinions on things, and people are constantly seeking validation for their choices. But, if there is one piece of advice I would give on making a choice, it’s that don’t go with what makes the masses happy. Follow your own path, make decisions that will lead to your own happiness, be that the choice to take an AP, the choice to become a pro soccer player, or the choice to be a writer – the choices you make for yourself are the only ones that really, truly matter – because in the end, you have to live with yourself for the rest of your life.

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