Making Hard Lifestyle Choices In 2021


“In a hard choice, one alternative is better in some ways, the other alternative is better in other ways, and neither is better than the other …”
 – Ruth Chang

Kweku Essel had been away from work for ten months and returning to work was suppose to be an easy choice and not a hard choice to make.

He is a professional graduate teacher at a reputable private school located in one of the plush suburbs in Accra.

Making a choice

Kweku started a food delivery business when schools went on lockdown. Now he has to choose between his teaching career and his new business. Keeping his teaching job was better in some ways, and being self-employed was better in some other ways.

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The dilemma

Firstly, as a teacher he was promised a monthly salary and his SSNIT pension. Secondly,as a food entrepreneur, he had already started to attract an attractive client base which showed a promising future.

He equally loves cooking and teaching however due to his circumstances he can only choose one. So how should Kweku choose between the two?

The hard choices

Many are having to deal with making these hard choices. The student who started trading or doing galamsey’ has to choose between making money or getting an education.

The parent wants his children in school but is anxious about the health risk they may face when they go back.

The employee is anxious about keeping his job because his colleagues are losing theirs to the pandemic.

Think of all the hard choices you’ll need to make especially when COVID-19 cases are steadily rising again.

In President Nana Akufo -Addo’s last address to the nation, he didn’t hesitate to mention that if we want to avoid another lockdown then we must all follow the COVID-19 safety protocols.

The solution

The way out of this dilemma is to ask yourself, ‘What do I value? What matters to me?’ When you know what matters to you, you will be able to make those hard choices.

Kweku may place more value on developing young minds or creating healthy meals for time-starved workers. He will have to select the option that supports his values.

The same goes for you. You should value your health a great deal. You should be prepared to go through the discomfort of wearing a nose mask, social distancing, staying home more often and frequently washing your hands.

Currently, we are facing one tough universal choice. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the President’s Representative at the Information ministry, on Citi Tv’s Point Of View, announced that government will be rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine plan in a weeks time.

The Ghana Health Service have a huge assignment on their hands because of the many wild conspiracies floating about on social media about the vaccine.

People will have to be educated to help to reduce their fear of the vaccine and facilitate its acceptance.

Now you have to take the bull by its horns and make those hard choices because the pandemic is still looming overhead. Identifying your values will help you take those tough decisions.

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