An Entry About Indecisiveness
Today I’m going to post about a big issue of mine that I’ve dealt with for a long time. It’s deeply affected my life in many different negative ways. My indecisiveness, & not being confident in my decisions. This isn’t just the typical ‘I can’t decide what I want for dinner’ or ‘should I wear the white shirt or the red shirt?’ indecisiveness, it’s much deeper than that.
Any time I get a conflicting opinion from someone about what I’m doing, it makes me completely second guess that thing, as well as my abilities. Not usually from people I don’t know, most times it’s the people who are regulars in my life that have that effect on me. It gets to the point where it’s able to make me change my mind about whatever decision I made. Sometimes it makes me feel like I don’t even have a mind of my own. I get utterly depressed even talking about it. How can I let other people’s opinions influence me and my life to such a degree? Here’s a couple of examples…
I went to a vocational high school, and when I started, I decided that I wanted to pick building maintenance for my shop because painting was one of the things they taught you about & I wanted to paint and learn more about it. Let me also say that there wasn’t an abundance of choices for shop. My parents, more specifically my mother, had a big problem with this. She wanted me to pick health careers like my sister did when she went. Well, my sister HATED health careers and my mother was part of the reason she picked it, and she wasted 4 years on something she didn’t even want to pursue, nor did she end up doing so. I didn’t want to do the same thing, I had no interest in health careers whatsoever. By the end of my sophomore year, I convinced myself that I didn’t want to prosecute building maintenance & actually ended up transferring to a different high school to tackle cosmetology. To this day, I tell myself that my life would be completely different right now if I hadn’t done that.
Fast forward a few years… now I decide that I want to go to a cosmetology school to get my license and undertake hairdressing. Yet again my mother chimes in, telling me that there was no way I was going to be capable of doing that as a career; I had no support from her. The rest of my family had also asked me if I was really sure that this was something I wanted to do. With the exception of my sister, who had given me some money for Christmas to put towards school, it was heart-wrenching for me to feel like no one in my family really believed in me.
I went ahead and took out a couple of loans (that I’m still presently paying off) and enrolled, despite how I was already feeling. What happens more than halfway through? I told myself that I really COULDN’T do it and I was wasting my time. I had no confidence in myself at all, so I left the school. I was in such a major bout of depression at this point that lasted for a long time. I didn’t know what I wanted anymore, I didn’t know what my future was going to be like, I didn’t know what my abilities were. I felt that I didn’t know anything about myself. This is now starting to become an all too familiar detrimental dilemma in my life, as it still continues to be in different forms.
Now that I’m seeing this particular therapist (her name is Pam), it’s the weirdest feeling to get so much support about what I want to do. I’ve never had that to such a great extent before, but it’s amazing. Never mind the fact that it’s from someone that’s only known me for a couple of months; I wish I could get it from my family, but it’s a great feeling to get that response from anyone. Pam & I decided that changing the lack of confidence I have in my decisions is one of my major goals in therapy, and she’s steadfast that by the time I’m finished I will be a confident, independent woman. That’s exactly what I want. I want to be able to brush off anything negative or invalidating that anyone else has to say, even if it comes from the people that are closest to me. She says that this behavior I have of being unconfident with decisions stemmed from some of my childhood experiences… well, I’m not really sure how true that actually is, but she’s the professional not me.
I want to go back to school now to get a degree in communications, & maybe get into journalism or writing of some sort. It will be an associate’s degree for now, but may turn into a bachelor’s sometime in the later future. I’m hoping I can really discover what my forte is while I’m in school. The thing is, I feel like I can’t tell anyone else what I want to do in fear of potentially changing my mind and doubting myself. This makes me feel despondent. When you’re excited about something, you should also feel excited about telling everyone about it. Pam agreed with me 100% and assured me that this is something I’ll be able to fix. Right now though, it’s just not something I can do. Other than my sister, & Pam, the only thing I’ve mentioned to people is just that I want to go back to school.
So has anyone else experienced this with anything in their life? If so, how were you able to overcome it? Or are you struggling with these issues right now? Please comment and let me know. We have to support each other in this little online community we have :)
Love & Regards.