It is a curse, because we live in a world of endless possibilities.
Avoiding the local maximum
Gorjan Zajkovski
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This ties into the paradox of choice, and for quite sometime I faced paralyzing confusion over what I should do with my life. With the privilege of being an American citizen, working in NYC, and having disposable income, I struggled to figure out how to optimize my early twenties and the beginning stage of adulthood. Do I travel extensively? Should I invest in graduate school? Should I take the job in Shanghai versus stay in NYC? Should I have x number of jobs before choosing a career? And this resulted in a lot of anxiety mainly because I was never fully satisfied with what I was doing. I was too busy trying to optimize the best possible outcome when in reality there really is no true best possible outcome. I realized that I needed a purpose, and as tempting as it is to dabble and try everything that is offered in this vast world, I needed to focus on one thing at a time and put 100% to it. Or else I’d continually face the same dilemma of “the grass is greener” and that I should try this other thing because it must be better than what I’m doing now. Social media also exacerbates the problem because we are constantly presented with pictures of people living happy and perfect lives doing everything that we dreamed of. As you greatly elaborated, endless possibilities are both a blessing and a curse. It is certainly a privilege, but we need to know how to utilize it without succumbing to an ensuing whirlwind of hedonism.

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