You'll reach a point where you won't know where to turn for reliable information. You'll feel lost, but only for a moment.
You'll pass through a desperate state when you discover the sources you were taught to trust (newspapers, TV, and popular culture) have shown themselves to be highly contrived. You'll witness first-hand the role of marketing and money in 'the news' and how power is expressed by controlling the flow of information.
You'll see that 'the news' is used to promote your tendency to consume and follow.
You'll opt out of that scheme and search for a different method of making decisions.
You'll cycle through endless 'expert opinions' and perspectives.
You'll learn to trust your gut and follow your heart. You'll learn to listen to your thoughts and let them pass. You'll measure your feelings and choose your path based on a hunch.
That hunch will be vague at first. You won't trust it. You'll worry that you've made a mistake. You'll make mistakes. You'll learn through experience.
Eventually you'll move into a new paradigm where you use your 'hunch' as your primary decision tool.
Your 'hunch' (what a cool word - it's a nonsense word for sure) - is your unique combination of inspiration, thought, gut feelings, and whatever bias you've brought to the mix.
Just go with it. It will prove much more reliable and consistent than trying to think your way through your day.
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Matthew H. Evenhouse, MD is a board-certified Emergency Physician, published author, private pilot and international educator.