“You make decisions every day. Small ones. Big ones. Whether to stop at that coffee place on the corner before punching in. Whether to wait for the light to turn or just chance it. Whether to get that third pint or call it a night. And every one of these decisions affects the course of our lives. Shifts it in the tiniest of ways in a direction unbelievably the same yet completely distinct. This is just one of those decisions Thomas. And like every one of those decisions, it’s one that needs to be made.
Sure some of your choices may seem more pertinent than others. Whether in the end Brown was better. Or should you have held out for Yale. But who’s to say that changed the trajectory of your fate any more than the decision you made between Butternut Squash Risotto or the Rib Eye the day before your 23rd birthday. Who’s to say Yale would have brought you more success? Who’s to say the Rib Eye would have meant you wouldn’t find yourself with that 33 Caliber in your hand right now.
And if you think about it, this decision is actually easier than all of those other ones. In every minute scenario of your life, you either choose before thinking, and chance regret, or you dredge on, weighing the pros and cons, knowing that in the end your feeble conscious mind knows no difference. But here, well… Here, despite all that doubt and and self-questioning, there’s that little voice prodding you along isn’t it? That voice telling you that no matter what decision you make, it’ll be there to help you deal with it. That voice that’s telling you that no matter what happens, you’ll make it through this.
You know what that voice is Thomas? It’s thousand of years of your ancestors, buried deep within the very heart of each cell of your being. It’s generations of men and women, just like you, who did what it took to survive. Who made the decisions that ensured that they fulfilled their primeval urge to procreate. To live on. The urge that was embedded in the very first organism that made itself be. The first fish that walked the land. The first ape that leapt from the tree. The first humanoid who fashioned a tool. The first man who picked up a weapon.
It’s time to make a decision Thomas.
Are you going to pull the trigger?”