Yesterday as I began my 3rd day of quarantine in a Melbourne hotel, I was looking through Instagram, trying to make time pass by and I came upon a quote from Ralph Marston “See your actions as being driven by your choices, not controlled by your needs.”  Later in the day something else came up about the same thing and it made me realise that the universe was sending me some kind of message.

We all ‘need’ to do things each day, but it’s the choices we put around those needs that will define what we do, how we react and how successful we will be.  Ralph talked about needing to get up at 6am but choosing to wake up 10 minutes earlier, or needing to keep your job, but choosing to build your career.  Depending on how we look at things in life, this can decide our mindset on any given task.  Do you want to be positive, enthusiastic and productive or do you want to just go through the mundane tasks that you need to do that day, procrastinating or being resentful?

I have often been asked how I can keep doing what I do (especially at my age!) and be so positive about it.  It all comes down to what mindset you want to live with and this is how I look at my life:

  • I choose not to let a number dictate what I can and can’t do.
  • I choose to ride not only because I want to stay fit and healthy but because I love it and it is keeping me walking.
  • I choose to get up in the early morning darkness of the day to ride with friends because it is my social outlet and I love it.
  • I choose to find a positive even if I have failed as it only serves to make me more resilient and find a new way to succeed
  • I choose to make the choices that are right for me and only me, which has enable me to become the person I am today.

Yes there are needs in life that are unavoidable and required, but we also have the choice as to how we want those needs to be attained.  It really does come down to our own decisions.

I realised that these messages I was getting yesterday were telling me to look at my choices as to how I was going to get through 14 days of quarantine.  I decided that I had to make the most of these days doing what I believe are the right choices for me.  This will help make my days not drag by, help me be productive, positive and enthusiastic each minute of every day.

Over the next few days ask yourself…What do I need to be happy? What do I need in life to thrive? Then you choose how you will make those things happen.  Only you have the power to do this.

“Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, make a different choice.” Anonymous



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  1. LYNNETTE STACKER 27/09/2021 at 11:42 am - Reply

    Enjoy quarantine!!!
    Great to have you back home.
    Take xare

    • CarolC 27/09/2021 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      Thank Lynn, only 10 more days to go and had my day 4 PCR test this morning!!!

  2. Stuart Danker 27/09/2021 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Totally agreed! This is why I choose to inflict little hardships in my life, like waking at six even when I don’t have to, or working out when I don’t feel like it. The more I operate by choice, the less I am swayed by my mind’s often-trivial wants, like eating that cupcake. Thanks for this post!

    • CarolC 29/09/2021 at 11:29 am - Reply

      Stuart you are more than welcome, but don’t forget that sometimes it is okay to have that cupcake. It is okay to indulge a little bit in life as long as it is your choice.

  3. Phyllis Banks 27/09/2021 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    With this outlook on life your quarantine will fly by. Just think one week has almost past.
    Enjoy whatever you are doing during this time.😘

    • CarolC 29/09/2021 at 11:28 am - Reply

      Well we are on day 6 and it is flying by. Only 8 days to go!

  4. Vijay Malhotra 28/09/2021 at 1:21 am - Reply

    Very practical message in the article and the timing is just right when I’m struggling to make a choice. This write-up certainly helps me be make a wise decision.

    • CarolC 29/09/2021 at 11:27 am - Reply

      Hi Vijay, I hope that you are able to make the best choice for you! Sometimes we face these cross roads in life and the only thing to do is choose what is best for you and only you.

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