For anyone who isn’t familiar with the butterfly effect, it is the belief that even the smallest of actions can have a major impact later on down the line — for example, the flap of a butterfly’s wings in one area giving rise to a tornado thousands of miles away.
Now, think about how many times we have flapped our wings to end up where we are today. Think about how many things had to go right and how many more things had to go wrong for us to wind up where we are today. It’s crazy to think that even the smallest of our decisions can impact us in ways that we might not even be fully aware of — that for every path we take, there is an equally viable alternative that we just choose not to pursue.
Thinking about this, however, can make one go crazy overthinking every small decision that they have to make. So while I think it’s an intriguing exercise to go through the “what ifs,” I also think that it’s crucial to remember that whatever decision we make will be the right one — even if for no other reason than because that’s the one that we made.