Our whole life doesn’t depend on every decision we make

Audiences love hinge movies. Those romantic and serendipitous stories where the protagonist’s entire fate is determined by whether or not she catches a certain train or meets a handsome stranger in the hallway. 

You can almost hear the movie trailer voice over. 

In a world where one small choice affects the trajectory of her entire career, one woman learns the true meaning of Christmas from an unexpected train of thought. This holiday season, go off the rails with the most locomotive romantic comedy of the year. 

Julia Roberts in…


Arriving on time at a theater near you. 

Hollywood eats that shit up. It’s a surefire formula for selling tickets. And millions of people will queue up around the block with thumping hearts and stars in their eyes just to satisfy their profound human longing for romantic and narrative satisfaction. The ego can’t resist. 

And that’s okay. Wish fulfillment art is a beautiful thing. 

The problem is when we forget that it’s just a movie. That it’s idealized. And not that there aren’t hinge moments in all of our lives that alter our trajectories. 

We’ve all stumbled across a scrap of serendipity and followed it to something amazing. But let’s not put so much pressure on ourselves. Just because we miss the train by ten seconds doesn’t mean we’ve somehow initiated a chaos theory chain reaction butterfly effect that will send ripples across the globe and alter the course of humanity forever. 

Most of the time, a missed train is just a missed train. Most of the time, our whole life doesn’t depend on every decision we make. Most of the time, we don’t get somewhere by making one good or one bad decision. 

Another train will literally be here in three minutes. And everything will be fine. 

This reality should bring you peace. 


Are you developing an inability to handle the pressures you impose on yourself? 

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Scott Ginsberg

That Guy with the Nametag

Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.  



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