Do you really have a choice?

Friday August 27, 2021

I had three blogs written to choose from for today. The first one was maybe too controversial,
the second one was too disorganised, and the third one needed too much writing.

I had a choice of three all my own making but not one was ready. How many times in life do you hear people say “You have a choice just do it”, “There is always a choice.” “I have no time for people who make wrong choices etc.”

It seems that there is this universal thing called a choice that is the same for everyone in the world.

I feel that not everyone has the same choice. Often making a good choice means having suitable choices to begin with. It, means being educated, informed, healthy, financially stable, and many other factors.

If you are born into a poor family, or you can’t read or write or into a family of criminals, or into a war-torn country, or in a refugee camp, or have a serious mental illness or many other factors, how many informed choices can you make?

When I was 16, I was told I could have radical brain surgery or take medication that had side effects. I was young and confused so I chose neither and spent many years living a chaotic life. Sure, I had some education, and had more choices than many people but I had no support or reliable information.
I know a friend who, many years ago, wanted to marry outside her culture. She was told she could marry but was not to ever come home. She chose marriage and never saw her parents again. It was a terrible heart wrenching choice for her.

So the idea of having a choice and making a choice can be complex seen in a social context.

What role do choices make in your life? Having some control of your mental health journey with choices, has that helped you? How does having no choice in your mental health plan make you feel?

When people say you made a bad choice in your past do you tell them the context in which it was made?

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