What about the Grey?

A grey area in a world that doesn’t like gray areas… but the grey areas are where you find the complexity…it’s where you find the humanity… and it’s where you find the truth.

-Jon Ronson

I’ve sat in front of my laptop for at least 20 minutes trying to figure out how to best world things…Oh the irony…it’s not black and white (Big Sigh).We make about 35,000 decisions every day (Via Google so it must be true). Are we truly aware of all of our decisions? Every morning I wash my hair, let it curl, and clip it back with a small amount of hair spray (A specific kind of hair spray. Curly hair problem #374). This sequence of events is very black and white in my mind. If I don’t wash my hair when I wake up it is a fro…if I brush my hair instead of letting it naturally curl it turns into a fluffy cotton ball…and if I don’t clip my hair back after it naturally curls…it just looks weird (curly hair problem #694). And hairspray…I’m not even getting into that….

All of those things are very black and white in my head. I don’t even think of other ways to fix my hair anymore because I have done that routine for so long. The other day I got my hair fixed at my hair salon. I woke up the next morning and my hair still looked perfect (hairdressers have magical powers). I didn’t have to fix my hair..this black and white routine I had developed in my mind was gone. I didn’t know what to do with all this extra time I had. I eventually  just decided to go back to sleep. It seemed like the only other option. (There’s that black and white thinking again).

That’s just a very silly example of what decisions look like.

See, so many times in life we end up in very complex situations and we automatically think that we should know the “right response” immediately to the situation, act on the “right response” and everything will just be wonderful. But is there truly a “right response?” There are so many Self Help books in this world. Enough to make a whole “Self Help” section at Barnes and Noble. We long to find the “right response.”

There is this huge grey area in our lives that we usually don’t even realize is there.

Are these truly just supposed to be black and white.

4 common examples:





Or is there a grey area. An area that we are so uncomfortable being in that we make abrupt decisions to run from the confusion and uncomfortable feelings. We all have grey areas in our lives. I have many.

Don’t think that you need to have everything all figured out or that the situation/situations you are in should have such an easy solution because they might not, and that’s okay. We are all in this together. This thing called life.


-Be Fervently DrivenAmie Hope

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