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Choose? Or Decide?

Is it just me, or does the word “decide” feel more ominous than the word “choose”?

“Choose” feels lighter and more whimsical to me. I like that.

Maybe “choose” causes us to focus on the possibilities of the thing chosen, and “decide” makes us consider the possibilities of the things not chosen.

“Choose” promises adventure, and “decide” threatens regret.

As I consider what to do in the coming year, I think I will “choose some projects that appeal to me” and completely avoid “deciding what to do”.

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