You DO have a choice!
So forgive me if these seems like a more rambling post. I've had a number of thoughts swirling in my brain as of late, thanks to conversations I have had with friends and family, and want to see if I can cohesively put them together into a post. We're in this writing together, my friends :)
When it comes to your life, you always have a choice. You do. You may not have a choice in your external circumstances, but you absolutely have a choice in how you respond to those circumstances. Your mindset and your attitude are going to determine what decisions you end up making.
Are you making decisions from a place of conviction? Fear? Uncertainty? Empowerment? Comfort in knowing that the decision is what is best for you and your family?
You can apply this to anything - the food you eat, the people you interact with, your pregnancy and birth, your health and medical decisions, your financial decisions, moving to a new place, *insert literally any life decision you make here*.
Pressure from friends, family, and society can certainly influence and sway our decisions, but at the end of the day, you are the one who has to live with the choices you make. It is important that you are making choices that align with your core values, and not because someone else told you what to do.
A phrase I have seen recently is "coercion is not consent". If someone is having to bribe, threaten, or otherwise manipulate you into making a decision, please stop and consider whether it is truly in your best interest. Decisions made in our true best interest in mind should feel good and right, and not like you have been backed into a corner.
Thoughts? Please share them!