Your life is most assuredly a sequence of big decisions. And particularly when it comes to your family, there are concrete examples of times when a decision one way or another makes a drastic change in the way the rest of your life unfolds. That’s why it’s interesting to look at these moments as increments or notches on your road through the years.
When it comes to these big decisions, four of them will immediately come to mind. It’s a big decision to get engaged and then married to your partner. It’s a big decision to choose to have children. It’s a big decision to up-end your family and move to a new neighborhood, community, or even country. And, throughout your life, you may have to make big decisions about whether you want to continue on with your current career or you want to set out on a new path professionally.
Getting Engaged and Married
Most people eventually want to partner up with a logical and romantic counterpart. This means that it’s essential to follow traditional social norms to a degree and work through the processes of engagement and marriage. It’s a big decision to purchase that engagement ring with the intent on proposing to your partner. This is not a decision that should be taken lightly, and it’s potentially the most significant thing you may ever ask another person in your entire life.
Have you and your partner discussed having children? Depending on your collective income levels, ages, and social factors, this may be a very common discussion to have, or it might be something that both of you are uncertain how to bring up. Lots of children come about unintentionally just through normal life processes. Other times, it’s going to be more of a logical decision based on factors that both of you consider as a couple.
Moving To a New Place
It can be a major family decision when you determine that it’s time to move to a new place. Perhaps you want to buy a bigger house. Maybe you’re looking to improve the neighborhood conditions that you raise your family in. There are all sorts of reasons to want to move to a new residence. This is an important family discussion, and not just to your immediate family either. Yes, the people who live with you are going to want to be in on the decision, but there are also other people who your decision to move will affect as well. Make sure to keep everyone in the loop so that the decision is not met with resistance.
Changing Your Career Path
A final time that you might end up in a position where a decision will affect the rest of your life is if you choose to change careers. Maybe you’ve been doing your current job for 10, 20, even 30 years. Is it time for a change? Perhaps you’ve only been at your post for a few years, but you’ve decided that you don’t make enough money at it or maybe there’s no chance for you to move up in the ranks. All of these things should factor into your decision to change careers, but whatever the factors are, the ultimate result will alter your family environment.