Thursday, February 23, 2012

Would You?

Do you ever let your mind wander? Take you to a place you might have gone had you taken a different road? Made a bold move? Or a hard decision? Not let fear get the very best of you?  

Would you have married your best friend? 
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Or never have been married at all? 

Would you have gone to Hollywood to make a name for yourself? 
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Would you have moved abroad for a job? 
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Adopted a baby? 
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Not let the worst get the best of you? 
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Would you have chosen the job you love vs. the one that was secure?
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Would you like yourself? 
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How would life be different if you__________? 


34 comments:

Jess - PrettyPhysicist said...

Not gonna lie, when I first read the title, I thought "Would you, could you in a boat? Would you, could you with a goat?" ... why I was thinking Dr. Seuss, I'll never know.

So anyway, I often wonder how life would be different if I hadn't gone through some of the bad times or if I had made different decisions, but then I stop and think and realize that if I had never dated that jerk my freshman year, broken off my first engagement, taken my current job, etc, I would not be where I am, with an amazing husband and good friends, and I most likely would not be blogging and wouldn't have met you - my bff! :)

erin rae mac said...

It's like the quote "What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?" I wish I would have gone away for college, but like Jess just said, I wouldn't have met my husband if I did. But now, being in the place I am, I am trying to seize every opportunity given to me. It's turned out well so far!

Katie said...

I like this post - and all the pictures you chose. I only went away to college for a year and then moved back home because Chris and I got engaged so I transferred colleges. I sometimes think about how different life would be if I didn't move back. I'm so glad I did though!

FourJedis said...

After college, I went to Africa for a few months and my *big* decision was whether to stay there and live as a nomad or return to my first career-job which was waiting for me to join in corporate America. While it was an incredibly tough decision at the time, I look at my husband and children and am so thankful for the chose path. With them, I look back and have no regrets for anything I've ever done.

Shannon said...

Do I sound disgustingly mushy and happy because I'm totally happy with my decisions thus far?

Well, maybe I wouldn't have cut my hair in this damn pixie cut, but hey - hair grows back! :)

(The baby adoption picture is hilarious. I had to show it to my hubs).

Young and Fabulous said...

YIKES!!! thanks for making me think so hard this early ;-)

i love this...lets see..I wish I could say id move abroad for a job but i'd be nervous!

and i dont think i could marry my best buy friend! that could get weird!

life would be different if I decided to go to a college further away from home FOR SURE! I always think about that. I always think the "what if!"

xoxox

Erin said...

I gotta' say I'm SUPER happy with the paths I've taken so far. It's actually scary to think about the 'what-if's' I might have chosen previously. My life would probably suck- no lie lol!

twiggy@thedirtlife said...

i always think, "what if i would of been pregnant that time i thought i was?" then i'd have a 5 year old!! scary.

and i wouldn't have gotten to hike those trails that i love. wow, life would have been so different.

you're right. weird to think about.

Sami said...

I sometimes wish I would have majored in something different in college, mostly because I'm not using it at all in my current job. However, I'm still passionate about it and loved every minute of my college experience so who knows :)

Maca said...

This is a great post. Every time I have a hard decision to make I think about this and I'm so happy I have no regrets. I left my life behind and moved to a different country to be with the person I love and it's the best decision I ever made. it's scary but it's even scarier not being happy because you didnt take a chance!

Britt said...

I love this! I have done this kind of. I left Atlanta, the only state I had ever lived to peruse my husbands dream of becoming a director in Hollywood. Life hasn't been easy, but I believe the payout would be worth it. I always wonder what I would be like if we had stayed.

megan said...

Definitely wouldn't have dated some of the jerks I did, wouldn't have taken a job that wasted 6 months of my time and sunshine. But then again, I was think about if I wouldn't have gone through those things - would I be where I am today? Probably not. So I'm glad I went through all of the heartbreaks and crappy jobs!

Corey @ Learning Patience said...

My life would be different if I had never decided to stop punishing myself with being unhealthy and deciding to get healthy fit and strong and run my 1st half marathon in April.

xoxo from Trinidad

p.s. love this post

House of Hemingway said...

I think about it all the time. That's exactly what I'm doing now. I'm pursuing a dream. How funny, I just wrote about it today....

www.houseofhemingway.com

Alicia {to columbus & beyond} said...

I think about stuff like this all time! It's weird to think about what life would be like if you made a different decision at any point in your life.
However, I will say, I would totally love to move abroad for a job, if the opportunity ever came up!

Michelle (Confessed Travelholic) said...

I like taking risks and have always acted pretty spontaneously on things I want to do...which has led me to traveling so much. :) I'm moving to Germany in September as well...so excited!

Tiffany said...

Love this, Ashley! I've had this kind of thing on my brain lately ever since a read a book that asked what I was doing in my life that was risky enough to require faith. And I was sort of slapped in the face!

~Tiffany
http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

Megan said...

This is such a creative post. Sometimes it's fun to wonder about where life might have led, but I think I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be...and that makes me so happy.

I've missed you!

Deidre said...

I've made some pretty crazy decisions in my life - I moved to Australia to do my masters degree. and then I chose to stay here.

And I'm a happier person for it.

Sara Louise said...

I often wonder what my life would have been like if I had stayed in Texas. I definitely wouldn't be speaking French I know that much!
Bpnjour y'all :)

MJ @ Teaching in Heels said...

Always thinking of this!! Most of my "what if..." comes from college. What if I had gone to a different college? What if I had studied abroad? Although I love where I am now, so it's hard to think of changing those things...

Shug in Boots said...

What an awesome post. I am guilty of choosing the secure job instead of the one that I'd love. But - I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. Not to mean that we settle for picking the "wrong" thing, but that maybe that was part of our path ... so we are stronger and more courageous and confident moving forward. Good post!

Michaela said...

This post is great. I'd love to go study abroad, but I have to admit I'm too nervous to do it! Maybe someday I'll get to Paris to see all the awesome architecture and design :) However, I kind of count moving from CA to WA as a study abroad...so hard to do but so worth it! Great post, A!

Taylor said...

Ahhh Ashley! I actually started crying!! Makes me think of things in my life right now that I would love to change but just can't because of security or money, or one thing or another. I am completely happy with Brandon and wish I could take him to a different life ya know! I wish I didn't move to Spokane from Seattle because I loved it so much there and now realize how much I think about the city. But I guess one day I could possibly be living the right life with everything that I hope for, just have to keep working at it day by day right :) love ya girl!

Marian said...

Seriously, I think about this ALL THE TIME! If I would have gone to a different college...or if my parents would have made a move back when I was in grade school...how much my life would have changed. Its actually a tad scary to think about it because I kind of love where my life is right now:)

Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

Just found your blog. This is a great post.

meghan said...

This is a great post! But the thing that cracks me up is that you picked a picture of a photographer wearing nothing but a cardigan. Haha.

natasha {schue love} said...

Have you ever seen the movie Sliding Doors? It really makes you think about this kind of stuff!

lucia m said...

i love the post!

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Rach @ This Italian Family said...

This makes me think of that pin on Pinterest that says "What would you do if you knew you wouldn't fail?"... that really struck me the first time I saw it. I am such a "safe" person... not much of a risk taker. I wouldn't even know where to start to begin to answer that question. Anyway, good post. :)

Tabitha Mahoney said...

I would so have loved to live abroad. I'd so move.

Tab
my-cliffnotes.blogspot.com

Ashley said...

This was too deep for me to think about on a Monday morning!! All I can think about is if I had stayed with my incredibly toxic ex. Makes me shudder to think of the path I would have taken, how mentally beaten down I would have still felt. The guy was terrible for my self esteem.
I don't know if I would have been in the job I currently hold, at a wonderful company.

I also wonder how things would be if my mom hadn't have had a miscarriage when I was 5 - I would have 2 siblings instead of just one. Weird..

Crazy to think how different life could have been!

Seashells and Southern Belles said...

this post totally sums up my life lately, ha. Hence what I am trying to do ;-)

Katie said...

Gah. The what ifs. Give me wine.