Lets say I had the following choices this afternoon:

  1. Go for a run or walk on the promenade and spend the evening reading a book
  2. Play playstation for 4 hours.

If I was asked “which option would make you feel better” I would say option 1. Or if I was to say which one I wanted to do, I’d also say 1. And If I’d evaluated them objectively, option 1 would definitely have been the best for me.

But I chose option 2.

And so I spent the afternoon doing something I didn’t really want to do, that was objectively worse for me and didn’t help me feel better.

The Wrong Choice

I think that this is one of the things that frustrates me most about my psyche and the human psyche in general. We often know exactly what’s best for us. But will actively choose the worse option.

I’d love to investigate the reason for this. And understand why we can’t get ourselves to do something that we want to do.

I know that willpower can get us over this hurdle. But what happens when that’s run out?

If anyone knows the answer, please let me know 🙂


Image was taken on the promenade last year. On a happier note, the person in the picture is back in Cape Town!

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