Your Choices Will Determine Your Future. How Will It Turn Out?

LIFESTYLE

Zoe Samuel

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

It is, unfortunately, true that life can be something of a lottery. Your ZIP code is one heck a strong determinant of whether you will graduate high school, go to college, stay out of jail, get and stay married, and live a long and healthy life. Plenty of other factors like this shape the way things go for you, and even good choices can't fix them. Most of us can agree that those of us born in a less fortunate situation probably shouldn't have to do absolutely everything right to make it from a particular beginning. Meanwhile, it's undoubtedly not fair that those of us born in a more fortunate situation get to make more mistakes without losing everything.

The game is unfair, but this doesn't mean things have to go horribly for those who find the deck stacked against them. Humans have free will, and while we don't all get to choose from the same menu of choices in life, it's very rare that we end up with just a single option. We can all make good - and bad - choices that make our situation better or worse. Indeed, even the very fortunate can squander their headstart if they really do mess up consistently. That's why it is wise to accept the things we cannot change, make good choices, and try to come out ahead as best we can - and maybe that way we can help put a fewer easier and better decisions in front of our children than we enjoyed for ourselves.

Let's see if your choices both large and small are directing you down the best possible path for you!

What time do you usually get up on your day off?

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How often do you have breakfast?

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Do you eat five fruit and veg a day?

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Do you fold your clothes before you put them away?

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Do you say "yes" to an invitation in three months even though you'd be dreading it if it were tomorrow?

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How often do you lose your temper in public?

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How long have you stayed in a relationship past its sell-by date?

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Without checking: are you wearing matching socks right now?

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Do you floss?

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If it's safe to do so, do you speak up when someone gets handsy?

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Do you do your homework first, then play?

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How many books do you read in a typical month, roughly?

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What do you consider a good reason to cancel plans?

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How often do you eat something and then regret it?

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How often do you work out?

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Do you put up with noncommittal answers or simply no answers from people you're dating?

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Do you have a plan for where you want to be in five years?

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Do you know what your familial health risks are?

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Do you put ketchup on everything?

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Do you separate your recyclables?

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Do you check the pockets before you put items into the washer?

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If you lose at Scrabble, are you gracious about it?

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If you make a deal with yourself like, "I can have candy if I write my report," do you honor it?

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Do you ever practice prayer, mindfulness or meditation?

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Do you hang out with friends who have lots of toxic habits?

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If someone doesn't like your dog, do you stay friends?

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How far in advance did you plan having children (or as the case may be, not having them)?

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What's your ceiling for an impulse purchase?

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Do you regularly look into consolidating or refinancing debts to reduce payments or shorten the repayment period?

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Do you make a real effort to stay in touch with good people?

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