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No Ragrets

By Sam Ross

As I mentioned in my previous idea-induced, spur of the moment article on “The Value of Friendship”, a lot of us are pretty obsessed with tracking ourselves. Tracking our calorific intake, our sleep, our steps, and we do this through various monitoring devices, like FitBits.

Well, my FitBit broke. And then my replacement broke, so I have a Garmin now, and while it isn’t as aesthetically pleasing and it shouts at me when I haven’t moved enough (literally, it tells me off), I’m still able to sync my watch and automatically get various statistics on my sleep, steps, and heart rate.

I get my information quickly, and this is what our world is changing to want more and more each day. So why don’t we act on impulse more often?

When I applied for a job at the Careers Centre, it was totally on impulse, and luckily I’ve ended up making really good connections. I first met my academic sister on Facebook, and impulsively said yes to joining her already settled academic family. Now, a year later, I’m moving with my sister and dating my academic Dad, who turns out to be one of the best people to ever grace my life, as well as the Populus VP.

I won’t list anything else, but I credit a lot of the good things in my life to impulse, and sometimes a bit of fate and hard work too. My point is, you shouldn’t wait around like Internet Explorer, taking days to decide if you should apply for a job or go to a ball without a partner. It’s good to act on impulse and to take chances because you just don’t know what’s around the corner.

My mum will flip a coin if she can’t make a decision, for example when deciding whether to go out with my dad. If she hadn’t, you wouldn’t be reading this article.

Don’t, however, confuse doing things on impulse with making poor life choices like getting a misspelled tattoo across your chest.

In my humble opinion (other opinions are available) its regrets that make you want to start over a year at University, so don’t be afraid to ask that girl in your tutorial to coffee, or study a little more for a test. Always have a coin in your pocket, and as Casey Neistat says, “Do more.”

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