Decision Making Series: Saving Time vs Risk

Do you ever dash across a street at night when your light is yellow?
Or perhaps even when it is red, since by law cars have to stop for you?
If so, why? To save a few seconds? Or because you can? Or because you didn’t think?

Tonight one person on a cell phone sauntered across when their light was red, cell phone plastered against her ear. Another trotted across. “Oops, my light is red,” I’m sure she was thinking.

What she probably wasn’t thinking was: “Am I ready to die tonight to save 5 seconds?”

When you choose to walk in front of a car at night or dusk, that’s the decision you need to make. Am I ready to be paralyzed for life or dead, to save these few seconds.

I’m not trying to be snide. The reality is, you never know if a driver is on the phone, drunk, or distracted. By choosing to tempt fate and walk – without looking at the car – across a street when it isn’t your right of way, you make this choice.

What does this have to do with your life list? Nothing, except that you may be shortening your life and only have achieved part of what you intended to by making a silly decision, or not realizing you needed to proactively make a choice.

If you’re interested in science behind snap decisions, this Science Daily article may interest you.


This is the first in a series of blog posts I’m going to write about making decisions about every day life. I hope it helps and would love to hear your thoughts!