Student Interest

To Do or Not To Do

Throughout life, you only really have two choices – do, or don’t. It might seem like there’s a lot more to life than that, and you wouldn’t necessarily be wrong, but all choices can be boiled down to the essence of ‘to do, or not to do’. Do you decide to work on that thing you need to do, or do you deal with it later? Do you support X current political leader? Do you want to get married? You’d really think there were more answers, seeing as just how many different questions there are on this planet, but it doesn’t work that way. We humans tend to enjoy making questions and answers far more difficult than they need to be, asking questions like ‘what’s really at the bottom of the ocean’, or ‘can robots feel love’ – but by taking apart these questions, you can answer a simple do or don’t question instead of big, complex ideas like those above. Using the example of ‘what’s really at the bottom of the ocean’, you would break it down something like this:

Do I have the ability to find out what would be down there?
Do I really care?
Do I think this is something that will be a good investment of my time?
Do I think that this question has an impact on my everyday life?

These are easy, simple questions to answer, and there’s only 2 answers – no I don’t, or yes, I do. If 2 or more of the questions are answered negatively, reconsider what you’re doing or how you’re going about doing the thing. A more common question you could break down is this:

What do I want my life to look like in the future?

And, again, you can break it down into sub-questions:
Do I like studying X?
Do I enjoy working on Y?
Do I want to pay for college?
Do I have the ability to get into a trade school?
Do I think my academic abilities enough to get into the school of Z?

Answer these smaller, simpler questions to get a look at what the bigger answer could be, or how the end result of answering a question could look. Answering questions in simpler form is a way of looking into the future – a way to see just how much something you’re doing will be useful. And, you don’t wait to try this out! Take a look around at everything you’re doing right now, from what meal you’re thinking about having for dinner, to the test you have next Tuesday, and analyze those things. Question yourself and your motives. Wonder about if what you’re doing is what’s best for you. And then, breathe easy, because you know that the questions you have may not be so unanswerable after all.

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