Living With the Consequences
For every choice there is a consequence. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not. In Jessica Spotswood's Born Wicked, Cate thought that she was doing the right thing by trying to keep her sisters out of the public eye. It turned out by not being in public she might well have exposed them all to greater suspicion.
To protect the people I love, I'd do it all over again.
I only hope I can live with the consequences. p. 330
Cate was young when she took over as her sisters' caregiving. Throughout the novel she is battling her own desires against what is best for her family. Her sisters don't always appreciate her decisions. To be fair, they also don't know about the prophecy or even the full details of the promise Cate made to their mother.
I think most of us have been on both sides of the situation. I think many of us have questioned decisions made for us when were teenagers. I know that I certainly did. I've also been the person making the decisions and desperately hoping they were the right ones. No matter which side of the decision making we were on, we've all had to live with the consequences.
I know when facing big decisions some people make lists of pros and cons. Others go with their intuition. Some people need to talk a decision over with others and get feedback. Maybe you flip a coin or consult the Magic 8 ball. Me? I tend to worry and stress. It's one of the few times that I don't make lists. I generally end up going with what my gut tells but not before a lot of stress and worry.
How do you make the big decisions? Do you worry about the consequences?