If there's anything in the world that my life has been about lately, it's about choice. I recently accepted a position with Planned Parenthood Health Systems in Raleigh, NC, where I've been living for five days so far. Most people I talked this choice over with thought that it was an easy decision (and I spoke to people both in favor of and against taking the job). But it was actually made much more difficult by their input because not only did I had to weigh leaving my dear friends in Richmond, postponing plans to move in with the love of my life, accepting a job in a field I'm passionate about, moving states, deferring an internship in NYC, and the option of living with my crazy (but lovable) best friend here in NC, I also had to consider what my loved ones would think of me and the path I chose.
I feel like the older I get, the more crossroads I face that have no clear best answer--and these are the types of crossroads that make up "real life". Not the easy ones (chocolate or vanilla? duh!) but the ones that require careful reflection, the balancing of innumerable opposing forces, and the acceptance/sacrifice of different opportunities.
And I am pro-choice because women should be trusted to make these decisions for themselves. We know that they involve crossing certain paths off of our life's journey--but the ones we do travel will still to lead us in exciting directions. Yes, some decisions are hard, some are painful, some are joyous, and some are leaps of faith. But they are all ours to make, as women, as individuals.
To everyone who trusts women and protects choice, thank you...especially the late Dr. George Tiller.