Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Is the Right Path the Left? in the Latest in His Series on Striking Images, Our Columnist Looks at How We Agonise over the Directions We Choose to Take

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Is the Right Path the Left? in the Latest in His Series on Striking Images, Our Columnist Looks at How We Agonise over the Directions We Choose to Take

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Byline: Charles Saatchi

the naked eye PEOPLE routinely fret about whether they have taken the right path in life. Have they chosen the perfect partner? Have they picked the ideal career? Their days are often filled with thoughts of "if only". Helpfully, Psychology Today offers useful advice on how to make important life decisions. Obviously, these are often complicated, involving many factors and competing interests that require careful consideration.

But, as it explains, "sometimes thinking seems to get you nowhere. Even after days of analysing your choices you may be unable to effectively weigh the pros and cons, determine what you really want, or settle on what you think is best."

How can you stop going around in circles? Can you be sure you're not merely rationalising one option after another, your frustration and anxiety leaving you perplexed? Experts advise to always aim for integrity. Be true to your authentic self, your priorities and your values. Don't compromise your ethics, or downplay your priorities, or go against your nature.

Many of us hit a resounding crossroads when a midlife crisis looms. We are all familiar with the hallmarks of this period of emotional turmoil, characterised by a strong desire for change.

People begin to reflect on what they have achieved in their lives and of course what they haven't. This can lead to feelings of disappointment and regret, driving them to dramatic upheaval, as they try to recapture their spirit of enthusiasm or gain a sense of fulfillment.

On the Reddit website you will find a number of respondents who detail some classic examples. One contributor noted that when his friend reached 45 he left his wife, got a girlfriend, bought a motorcycle, hit the gym and had cobra motifs tattooed on his bulging new biceps.

Another reader revealed that his father went for an ear piercing, and also bought a motorcycle. …

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