“What if… ?”

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I like asking myself this question often. Just for fun – but this is indeed a very powerful question. I ask myself “what if” not because I am unsatisfied with my life, but because it’s like writing your own Choose-Your-Own-Adventure novel! Just think about all the multiple avenues your life could go!

I think the “what ifs” are sometimes equated with unhappiness, wishful thinking or living an unfulfilled life, but you have the power to turn those “what ifs” into something meaningful – if you want them to!



So… what if… (and this leads to the “Would I?”, of course)

… I moved to Boston instead of New York? Would I like it better? Would I still be there?

… I crossed this street instead of that street? Would I have gotten on the train I needed? Or would I have been hit by a cab?

… I worked under my psychology degree and never went back to school for education? Would I be bored at my job?

… I invented the next app or game that everyone spends their money on? Would I be better off?

… I didn’t become a teacher? Would I have gone back to school?

… I had a kid? Would I live in New York in an apartment?

… Jill and I had gone to Greece to teach English? Would we be drinking ouzo and eating olives in Santorini right now?

… I left 5 minutes earlier this morning? Would my day be different, or the same?

… I decided to move to Paris this summer? Would I eat croissants every day?

… I went to the movies tomorrow instead of work? Well – that’s easy – I don’t have to work!

… I bought those $700 shoes? Would I actually wear them?

… I stayed up all night watching TV? Would it matter?

Hhhhhmmmm. What if… I didn’t write this post? Would you be asking yourself “what if”? Or would you even care?

6 thoughts on ““What if… ?”

  1. Ah, the classic road not traveled.woulda,shoulda,coulda. If I made better choices I’d be in New York. With that said, I’m not ruling that out. I am the master of my ship now. 🙂


  2. I must say this is true. We could ask ourselves this of every moment – as you have pointed out. I wonder how true it is that we have but one choice and one road to live. I personally like to think I have the choice. I like to think I can change the course by my choices. Maybe that’s why my life meets obstacles for which I push through.

    I think I’ll stick with writing stories of those ‘what ifs’…


      • What if I did not have brain aneurism stroke , and I was still able to work at the job I loved to do. I was able to drive myself and not depend on others; most of all,my soul mate was still living! I know my life would be so different ; before he; died his health had improved 100%and his death was a complete shock to everyone including the nurses and doctors! I know my what ifs I think about them every day.. I still go on and do other things… This May for 3 weeks I am enrolled in ELLA courses at the U of A from Monday to Friday. Taking 3 courses: Women and Religion;First Nations in Canada-100 Years of Progress?;Art & Architecture of N&NE Europe.Last year I did four however because I babysit my grandchildren I can not make the first time classes in the am. what if????????????I was not so sad every day.


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