31 Jul 2013

The crisis of choice

After a week in transit, Cornelia and I arrived in Vancouver, where we planned to live and work for awhile.

Vancouver is not as nice as Amsterdam, and that's a bit of a letdown.*

Now we face a crisis of choice over whether we should stay here, go back to Amsterdam, or go somewhere else. It's too early to say what we will do, but it's a bit annoying to put everything on hold for the sake of re-evaluation.

Our "crisis" is a problem that many people would love to have. Most people cannot live in another country. A subset of those can't even leave their city due to constraints over work, family, money, and so on.

But that's not our situation. We are lucky enough to have the choice of starting in several different places. That choice needs to factor in many influences (it's not even raining here!), but the big idea is that the choice we make should be better because we have more options** and because we do not have to "do the right this" as much as "do what works for us."

Bottom Line: We need some time to think creatively about our potential paths. Stay tuned.
* My trip through California, conversations with many people, and the lack of progress on water issues already had me on alert.

** We do not face "a paradox of choice" i.e., as when the mental stress from choosing among many options makes you worse off than if you only had a few.