“One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.
‘Which road do I take?’ she asked.
‘Where do you want to go?’ was his response.
‘I don’t know’, Alice answered.
‘Then’, said the cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.’”
– Lewis Carroll
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There seem to be two different versions of this quote on the internet, I prefer this one (which appears to use more modern language) but both have the same key message at heart. In life, we all worry if we’re on the right path, if we’ve taken a sharp left when we should have gone right. If we chose to buy the tuna sandwich when we really wanted the chicken and mayo.
It’s human nature to question ourselves and worry about the road left untravelled. Experiments have even shown that our brains are happier when we have fewer choices, otherwise we spend a decent length of time worrying about all the options we didn’t choose.
I love how this quote applies such simplistic logic to a universal problem, and yet it’s an answer we don’t ever consider. It stumps you, because it’s kind of true. If you don’t know where you want to end up, you can’t go wrong by simply picking a path. And who knows where it will take you.
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