What We Want To Do

On the day that some Americans go to make the biggest decision of their lives, it’s interesting to think how some of those decisions are made.

I don’t say this from a particular point of scientific authority, but I think there are a few ways that we come to the conclusions we come to and do the things we do.  There are those who act without a second thought and do the first thing that comes to their mind.  This is quite an emotional response to a stimulus and, therefore, while occasionally being stupid can actually be the most representative outcome of what we’re feeling at that point in time.

Then there are the people who stop and think.  Obviously this works the other way to the emotional reaction, but I think  there are particular ways in which people balance a decision.  The obvious one is for the “greater good” and at the other end of the spectrum is the one for selfish gain.

However, I think there’s actually a pretty harmful middle ground in that spectrum, and that’s where people make a decision because the choice they make is the hardest one, and they think that that makes it the best.  I’m not always talking about big decisions like choosing one person to save from a burning building over another, although that is quite a good example of where, if you were to tell someone about it, they would go “that must have been really hard for you”.

In some instances, even if there’s a really simple choice to make, I think some people go for the hard one because they think that the high level of difficulty makes it the best decision.  It’s something that they do for themselves because of how people will perceive them in light of the process of making the decision, rather than the decision itself.

Maybe that’s testament to a culture we live in now where we look for validation from others by not wanting to show a weakness.  We feel the need to show ourselves as strong individuals rather than strong partners, colleagues or friends, and sometimes it’s the very point that we need to show the difficulty of what we do that says more about ourselves than anything else.

Here’s to just doing what we want to do because it’s what we want to do.

Do what you, what you want
If you have a dream for better
Do what you, what you want
’til you don’t want it anymore (remember who you really are)

Do what you, what you want
Your world’s closing in on you now (it isn’t over)
Stand and face the unknown (got to remember who you really are)

Every heart in my hands
Like a pale reflection

Hello, hello, remember me?
I’m everything you can’t control
Somewhere beyond the pain
There must be a way to believe
We can break through

Do what you, what you want
You don’t have to lay your life down (it isn’t over)
Do what you, what you want
‘til you find what you’re looking for (got to remember who you really are)

But every hour slipping by
Screams that I have failed you

Hello, hello, remember me?
I’m everything you can’t control
Somewhere beyond the pain
There must be a way to believe

Hello, hello, remember me?
I’m everything you can’t control
Somewhere beyond the pain
There must be a way to believe

There’s still time
Close your eyes
Only love will guide you home
Tear down the walls and free your soul
‘Til we crash
We’re forever spiraling
Down, down, down, down

Hello, hello
It’s only me infecting everything you love
Somewhere beyond the pain
There must be a way to believe

Hello, hello, remember me?
I’m everything you can’t control
Somewhere beyond the pain
There must be a way to learn forgiveness

Hello, hello, remember me?
I’m everything you can’t control
Somewhere beyond the pain
There must be a way to believe
We can break through

Remember who you really are
Do what you, what you want

What You Want by Evanescence

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