Describe a good decision you made recently.
You should say:
When it happened
Why you made this decision
What the decision was
And explain how you felt about it
A good decision I made very recently was the decision to go with my friends on a hike in the fragrant hills, just outside Beijing. I was not sure if I wanted to go because I am not really used to walking or hiking and things like this, so I was wavering in making the decision. But in the end they convinced me it would be fun, so I decided to go. Actually I asked my father about it and immediately he told me “Yes, of course, you should go! You’re always sitting around the house playing games on your phone. It would do you good to get out and exercise and get some fresh air outside of the city!” So, I decided I would join them. We set off about 6am from near where I live, in a hired minibus, and I took a backpack with a picnic, of sorts, and some drinks and things like this. It took a few hours to get there, and the journey was really quite pleasant. When we got out of the city we could see the vast countryside on all sides, and gradually the mountains came into view in the distance. I had a nap for a while, and then we were there! We got out and started to walk along a quite well-known trail that lead up into the hills. It was a fairly easy walk, and there were stone steps along the way too, so it wasn’t exactly a grueling mountain track in the middle of nowhere. A lot of countryside sites have been quite commercialized in my country over the years, and there are usually quite a few other visitors and tourists there too, so there are facilities along the way to cater for such people. I, honestly, would have preferred it if it were quieter – you can’t seem to get away from other tourists in my country and this can be a shame if you just want to spend time with friends and feel like you’re the only people there – just you and nature! Anyway, I did enjoy it, and we reached the top of one of the hills, sat down at a stone table, ate our food and chatted and took photos of the magnificent, panoramic views. I’m very happy I made this decision and that my father nudged me to go – as, otherwise, I would have just sat at home doing the same thing as I always do on the sofa, playing silly games and chatting to friends on my phone. Sometimes it’s good to decide to do something different with your weekend than your usual routine.
1. How can parents help children make decisions?
Parents help kids make decisions in all sorts of ways. Mainly because they have more experience of life and a better, broader perspective on things. Parents don’t always help, though, sometimes they can be quite interfering and poke their noses in and try to make decisions for you, rather than guide you by calm and sound advice. It depends on the kind of parents really. I think parents should ideally acts as guides, and give logical advice, rather than push and force kids to do what they say. Also I think it’s important parents give reasons for their opinions, and not just tell you what to do from their positions of authority. Kids need to learn to make decisions by themselves, and parents should be there to help them, rather than force them. At least that’s my view.
2. At what age should children start to make decisions?
It depends on the type of decisions we are talking about. There are some decisions that children simply can’t make themselves, and other decisions which they are more than capable of making. Parents need to have a balanced idea of what things to allow their kids to decide for themselves, and what things to basically tell them to do. So, regarding the age when children can start to make decisions, I’d say that simple decisions can be made around the ages of 3 or 4 – basic things, like what snacks they might like to eat, or whether they’d like to wear one pair of shoes or another – and bigger “life decisions” should be made by parents until children are much older, into their teenage years.
3. What decisions do people make every day?
People on a daily basis make a range of decisions, like what to eat for lunch, what clothes to put on in the morning before going to work – how to do their hair. These decisions are largely based on mood and preference. Some days we simply feel in certain moods and not others for no particular reason. Other decisions might involve what kind of music to listen to, when to go to bed early or late, and which friends to meet for dinner or workmates to have lunch with. These are the kind of everyday decisions that most of us make. Then, there are decisions we need to make in our jobs, depending on projects we are working on and timelines and deadlines and the way we prioritise our working day.
4. Why are some people afraid of making decisions?
Making big decisions can be hard, because life is full of dilemmas – situations in which we are not entirely sure which is the best decision to make, and when the possible outcomes can be both beneficial or quite drastic. It’s tough to make bigger life decisions, like what to study, or which jobs to apply for or who to marry even! These decisions change our lives, so we have to be careful when making them, and, of course, this makes us nervous, afraid and scared, because the decisions are so big and can have such a huge impact on us in the future.