Opportunity Paralysis

 

 

I first heard the term "opportunity paralysis" in an episode of Black Mirror that dealt with online dating where an optimal match was found and you were required to match with them. They used it to describe the old system of dating and how since there were so many different opportunities that many couldn't settle on one.

This immediately struck a chord with me, but it wasn't until later that I realized how deep it resonated.

I mean sure, at first it was definitely about dating. I mean with real life and the heaps of swiping apps it feels like opportunity is endless, something I'm actively trying to get better at staying away from. After writing it down and thinking about it though I realized that it also related to my every day life.

The amount of information we have about various things is incredible, so if you're interested in multiple outlets it's hard to choose just one and stick to it. Growing up I played four different instruments (including "percussion" which was like 40 instruments) and ten different sports. In college I had six different majors, in life I've held over 20 positions in various fields. My interests vary by the day, and for someone trying to find a common thread and make that into a career that can be difficult if not daunting. 

So now that I know what I'm dealing with, how do I go about actually doing something about it? 

The truth is that I'm not really sure, but writing more is a start.

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