Tuesday, April 9, 2019

When Decisions Overwhelm You

I've said it before and I'll say it again - making choices is NOT something I consider a strength of mine.

I was just re-reading one of Jen Hatmaker's books, and there's a chapter where she talks about her home renovation and the fifty thousand decisions that go into it. I believe the chapter is titled "It's Just Paint". The point is that you can agonize for years over soft gray v. dove gray v. smooth gray and always feel you chose wrong, but at the end of the day, it's just paint. It's just a throw pillow. It's just tile. Would your life really take a different trajectory if you had only chosen differently?

I wish I'd read this book when I was obsessing over things like car seats and furniture and strollers and appliances. I mean, I couldn't have because it was published in 2017 and we were making most of these decisions before that, but I needed someone to shout that sentiment to me. I was riddled with doubt and either put off a decision for YEARS (furniture or appliances) or made a choice because we HAD to (car seat, stroller) and then worried that I made the wrong one and envied everyone else for their clearly superior models.

It's just paint.

It's just a car seat. It's safe. It will be what you need.

It's just furniture. Within a few weeks you won't be able to picture your house without it.

You can read articles and reviews and look at pictures and talk to friends and obsess and become totally overwhelmed...

...or you can paint the room.

I'm not saying I'll be successful at this, but it's a comforting idea to try.

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