Standing At A Crossroads: The Stress of Making Life Changing Decisions

I’ve been told that at some point in life, one will come to a crossroads. Everyone will have a choice to completely change their course and do something different, or to continue doing what we are doing. This transition made so much sense when I heard it for the first time. It seemed profound coming from someone who had chosen to be happy and ended up well off. My thought and response was simple…Of course. I would make that change and move toward a better me and a more fulfilling life, if I had to choose.

But when the time arrived, it scared the crap out of me. It is scaring the crap out of me. I’m in a position where I need to choose to make a transition or to continue on the same path. I know what I really want to do, but there aren’t any guarantees or concrete answers down that road. I would have to blindly trust that choosing to be happy will eventually or immediately, literally, pay off. If I continue to do what I’m doing, I won’t be as happy or fulfilled, but all of the questions have been answered for me down this road, and I know that a paycheck will show up on time every two weeks. It’s terrifying to think about. I hope that something will be revealed to me soon, and I won’t have to worry about making a decision, but what if it isn’t? What if I am left to make this decision with no outside forces pushing me in any specific direction?

When I talk to friends and family, they are all supportive and believe that if I follow my heart everything will work out perfectly. Why isn’t it that easy for me? In the movies, we always cheer for the main character to follow his/her heart, stand up to the boss, quit the job and run into the arms of a love interest. In real life, we think more cautiously and don’t take risks like that.

MusISHans, if you could choose between a life of financial stability or a well-rounded, fulfilled life that could possibly lead to financial stability, which would you choose?

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