Intellectual Wellness: Who Gets to Decide?

You’ll notice a trend on my blog, I will rarely answer my own questions. Instead, I prefer to ask questions to get my readers thinking on their own terms. This is not a self-help blog or a blog that has all the answers. I am one girl who poses questions to help others. But this is one question you will get a definitive answer from me. And it is spurred from some backlash that has occurred in the gymnastics fan base with Al Fong releasing his statement in regards to Brenna Dowell. For those of you that don’t know (or don’t care), Brenna was named to the World’s team this year only to be moved to an alternate at some what of the last minute giving a teammate the chance to compete in the All-Around. I won’t go into the politics of the decision, that is just what happened. Al (her coach) finally released a statement and in his statement he wrote, “Rio—-get ready for Brenna Dowell!” And this is where we come full circle.

The gymfan community seems to be harping on Al for making such a “bold” comment (those of you that know gym know that the top gymnasts changes almost with the seasons as injuries and more talent are a constant with USA gymnastics). But it got ME to thinking that we don’t get to tell Al or Brenna if their goals are realistic or not. Because when it comes down to it, YOU get to be the decider of YOUR life. YOU get to decide on your goals and ambitions. YOU get to decide if you are successful. YOU get to decide. Not some catty people sitting behind a computer screen, not your neighbor, not even your family or significant other. I’m not saying that these people don’t have some input on your decision but what it boils down to is you making the decisions. If you decide to do what someone else tells you to do, that’s still YOUR decision.

I usually like to end blog posts with a series of questions to leave my reader pondering life’s evolving meaning, but today is different. Today I will end with this, if you aren’t in the proverbial driver’s seat of your own life, you need to kick out the driver and get in there. You can’t control much in this world-weather, politics, even what gymnasts get to compete, but you CAN control what you are doing with your life and what decisions you are making.

You get to decide.

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