What I believe are truly important choices are these ‘middle’ decisions. They are the choices we make once something happens. The middle decisions carry social weight but may not directly or drastically change our lives as we see it. These choices are also made when we decide to gossip about an old friend, help a stranger, drink at a party, tell white lies, or start a fight. They are the choices that slowly, quietly, and eventually define us. It’s the decision to handle a bad situation well; it’s our decision to take responsibility for ourselves. So whether or not you can make it into a particular college is not as important as what we do once we know where we are going.
This is also important in terms with our relationship with our health. Getting healthy and fit is not a big decision, rather its a bunch of wonderful, little choices that will change your life forever. Eventually these little choices make us who we are because they become embedded in our way of thinking, doing, being. You don't choose to be balanced, but through your choices you can become balanced.
Once again, as my favorite philosopher said, “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities”—Dumbledore.