When it comes down to it, I don’t think there’s any real “better-” or “worse-off.” There’s another quote that I really like (probably another one that Dad taught me growing up). It’s something to the effect of “you’re always where you’re supposed to be.” One of the most dangerous questions is “What If?” Of course there’s a difference between hilarious hypotheticals – “What if we lived in a world where cows milked people?” (A terrible example to be sure) – and “What ifs.” “What if I didn’t break up with her?” “What if I had taken that job?” You know the questions – we’ve all asked them. Even I have at times.
You just can’t let that run your life, making you worry about every little decision that you make – whether it will make you better- or worse-off. Really, decisions will just put you in different scenarios. I think it’s still up to us as to how we perceive those situations. It’s possible for every situation to make us better – but the perception of the situation’s effect on you makes it reality.
I don’t think that I’m any better or worse-off because of the decisions I’ve made. It’s quite possible that my decision to leave my old job for something new could have turned out terrible. Moving down to DC could have been a horrible experience. I’ve made a lot of decisions in the past couple of years – many with both good and bad consequences. But in the end, I like where I am. I can’t say it’s better or worse, but I like where I am, and that’s what is important.