30 Things I’ve learnt – Part XXIV

I’m not great at making decisions. Mainly because, a lot of the time, I genuinely don’t mind. Being fairly laid back is usually a good way to be, unless you need to decide between A or B. Or C, obviously, although really, who chooses C?!

However, yes or no decisions are easier.

When in doubt, say Yes.

You know if you definitely do, or do not, want to do something. For example, if I were asked whether I would like to be in the background (or foreground for that matter) of the new James Bond film, my answer would be an unequivocal ‘Yes’. Possibly while doing backflips*.

(*I can’t actually do backflips by the way, in case you were wrongly impressed)

However, if it were suggested that I eat liquorice while listening to Madonna’s greatest hits then the answer would be a resounding ‘no’. Probably followed by physical violence.

I know my opinions on these matters. However, what happens when someone asks if I want to do something I haven’t done? Such as tightrope-walking, bungee-jumping or take a life drawing art class. I honestly wouldn’t know if I would enjoy these things. Well, I could give a fairly good answer on the drawing class based on whether the subject was Scarlett Johansson or Michael Winner, but that’s not the point. If I were to say ‘No’ to these new experiences without good reason, I would never find out if I was any good at them, nor if I would enjoy them. I could be missing out on a whole lot of fun by saying ‘No’. If I said ‘Yes’, I would know. I might not enjoy whatever it is I had agreed to do, but I’d know to say ‘No’ for good reason next time!

(There is a good post on the subject over at
Julien’s blog, which is always a good read.)


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