Daily Prompt: Gut Feeling

When’s the last time you followed your instinct despite not being sure it was the right thing to do? Did it end up being the right call?

When was the last time I followed my instinct despite not being sure it was the right thing to do? Hmmm…I’m going to answer this based on the life changing decisions that I’ve made in my life.

For the most part I’m a logical type of person who always analyzes things (sometimes too much) at every angle. I never ran out of reasons and always think of all the different resolutions for every issue that may arise at any given moment. Though in my opinion it’s good to be that way, sometimes I end up confusing myself because I end up with decisions that are halfhearted. Why? Because I get too logical.

A couple of years ago I was in a situation where I don’t know exactly where to put myself. It’s one of those moments where your heart tells you one thing and the mind tells you something else. I’d say it was probably the most I’ve ever been confused in my life and for every step that I was about to make, there was all these reasons floating in my head as to why I should or shouldn’t do. It was very exhausting to be in that situation. I was getting very little sleep, always worried and actually turned to food, which was very unusual for me. Most people end up losing weight when stressed out while I was the other way around. I was always underweight and that was the very first time in my entire life that I became overweight. Anyway, for months I was in agony as to what to do with my situation. I got tired of thinking about it and said to myself, “enough of the thinking and analyzing…..just follow your heart this time and if it doesn’t turn out the way you hoped it would at least you won’t be left wondering….again”….. and so I did just that. Did it end up being the right call? I believe so. Because I found the answers to the questions I’ve had for over a decade. Now if I made a different decision at the time because I didn’t follow my instincts, I think I would still be left with those questions  that should’ve been answered a decade earlier had I been keen enough to follow my heart.

I’d say that’s one of the most important lessons I’ve learned in life and something that I continue to work on with myself. We can’t always be too logical in life because there are some things that only the heart knows. Sometimes we think too much and over analyze when deep inside we already know the answer. Life isn’t perfect and so are we….and most importantly, life is too short to be left with questions that only the heart can answer.

*DP

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