“Be decisive. Right or wrong, make a decision. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn’t make a decision.” -Unknown
It is ingrained into us that, as Americans, we have the freedom of choice. We have the freedom to choose how and where we can practice our religious beliefs. We have the freedom to choose which political candidate we want to vote for. A competitive free market allows us to choose what goods we want to buy, who supplies them, and to a certain, subconscious economic extent, at what prices they are available to us. Freedom of speech laws (for the most part, some speech is still restricted in the U.S.) allow us to choose what we want to say and how we wish we to express those thoughts.
Research from Cornell University indicates that adults make about 35,000 decisions per day, 226.7 of which are made on about food alone (" How Many Daily Decisions Do We Make?" 2018). We choose to nourish or harm our bodies with our diet. We choose what TV shows to watch, who our friends are, what car to drive, whether or not we feel like using our blinker, how many times we tell our parents we love them, whether or not we are going to walk the dog today, and how many cups of coffee we should or shouldn’t drink in one sitting. Cuba Gooding Jr. may have summarized the power of our decisions best when he said, “We all create our own reality by the choices we make.”