Choose the local comp and working hard, choose playing the violin badly to miss Science lessons, choose A Levels and being the only person in your French class, choose friends you will keep for a lifetime, choose going out without a coat in winter and dancing the night away.
Choose completing a law degree at a uni far far from home, choose fun, choose Camp America and playing rugby and voluntary work, choose changing your mind and realising it's not your bag and that kids are funnier, choose PGCE.
Choose moving to a city where you know no-one but have a job, choose moving from primary to secondary, choose a new job, choose adventure, choose late nights out and house shares and smoking, choose to stop smoking.
Choose a second degree, choose love, choose tap dancing and running and ridiculously high heeled shoes, choose friends who make you laugh, choose holidays and travels and a trip to Oman with no-one you know, choose solo travel in Australia and jumping out of a plane, choose SEN because it matters to you, choose a new car the colour of sick that you love and everyone hates, choose camping and festivals and fancy dress, choose sensible decisions, choose spur of the moment decisions, you decide.
Choose to have the benign tumor removed from your brain as it's growing, choose running and running and running, choose cake and more holidays and a promotion, choose life and love and laughter, choose throwing up on the side of a main road in Bolton in your pjs as you are heading to the maternity ward - choose Rita as her name, choose a bigger tent.
Choose mat leave and writing, choose setting up your own business whilst off and making the most of your time, choose to refuse to be pigeon holed, choose going back to work full time, choose feedback not marking, choose a developmental approach to observations and CPD, choose a commitment to my own and staff wellbeing, choose to be your own person, choose managing it all because you know you can, choose taking it at your pace and in your own time.
Choose to say no. Or yes. Choose the freedom to decide for yourself, choose confidence.