Nobody hates freedom of choice. However last weekend, most youthful Ugandans in Kampala had the burden of freedom of choice.
They had to choose between watching Uganda Cranes play against Senegal at Nambole and a combined team of Kenya and Uganda’s best players in the Elgon Rugby Cup competing against one of England’s Rugby teams.
My friend Frank is both a Rugby fan and a soccer fan. He failed to decide but allowed nature to take its course.
When he realized we preferred to watch Rugby, he made up his mind to watch Rugby even when he had already bought a soccer ticket.
At the gate, he bought a Rugby games ticket and picked his phone and had his headphones on to follow the cranes game on Radio.
Both games were so engaging that he failed to follow the Rugby game. Half way through the game, the radio presenters influenced him to change his mind.
He picked a taxi and hurried to Nambole.
As expected, there was a lot of Jam and congestion at Nambole gates. By the time he entered the stadium, the game was in its last minutes and Uganda had already scored the equalizer goal.
Frank missed both games and was very frustrated by the end of the day. He had to struggle again to leave the stadium and above all find a taxi to bring him back to Kampala.
This is the dilemma we find ourselves in our everyday life. Life is full of conflicting loyalty but what can we learn from Frank’s experience?
Sometimes life throws many opportunities at us and we get confused while at times there are no opportunities hence we take what exist.
The first lesson is; indecision makes us miss out on opportunities in life. Any choice is better than no choice at all.
If you don’t know what you want, at least know what you don’t want. If Frank knew he didn’t want to spend more or waste the money he had spent on soccer tickets, he would have decided to ignore our influence and went ahead to attend the soccer match.
Secondly, we are all responsible for the choices we make in life. It either brings us rewards or penalties.
In Elaine Maxwell’s words, “my will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny”.
Therefore don’t allow anyone to make a choice on your behalf if you can make it for yourself.
Conclusively, desist from a state of indecision and learn to take up the occasion and choose for yourself. Any choice is better than no choice at all. So take that choice in your life and change your life.