An athlete. A pianist. A hard-worker. A jerk. A runner.
We are what we decide to be. Repeatedly. The choices we make, make us.
Everyday, not only (and in my case especially not) on the New Year, we have the full power over who we are. By making choices.
How does one become a runner? By choosing to run. Not once. It’s not that one decision that the boy or girl makes in young age that makes him/her an athlete. It’s the choice that he/she makes today, made yesterday, will make tomorrow – to run, to not eat junk food, to not drink alcohol, to train.
I was thinking to write about the fact, that I am getting closer to the crossroad in my career. My job assignment here in Egypt is coming to an end and I will be choosing the next option. However, I live the whole life on a crossroad. You too. Every single moment we are making decisions, we are standing in the middle of a crossroad. And it’s not the external factors that occur once a year or once a lifetime that are the most important. It’s the everyday choices we make.
Let me tell you a story of a me – a smoker:
I had my first cigarette when I was I guess 16, first year on high-school. I chose to have first one. And then second. And then for next 4 years I chose almost every day to light a cigarette. Then in June 2005 I chose not to. And for next 2 years I chose every day to not have one. And then I chose to light one. And then another. And for next 5 year I chose daily to light a cigarette. Last week I had a cigarette before leaving the office. It was the last one in the pack. When I got out of the daily bus from work I went around a cigarette shop and I chose not to buy new pack. And since then I chose not to buy. Some of those decisions were easy, some harder. But I chose already at least 120 times in past week not to have a cigarette. It was not the one decision to stop smoking. It is a decision of not lighting a cigarette right now, and moment after, and moment after. All those decisions make me a non-smoker.
People often say, that the first step is the most important. Personally I think all the steps are the same important. Because every step is the first. And might be the last. Because every moment gives us the choice. And the choices we make every moment make us who we are.