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Do you have a story about making a decision between two bad options?

Asked by nikipedia (27454points) August 19th, 2012

Just looking to hear your life stories—times when you were stuck between a rock and a hard place. Have you ever been faced with a decision where both options sounded awful? Staying at a terrible job vs. being unemployed, risky surgery vs. chronic pain, Bush vs. Kerry? How did you make your decision, and looking back, do you think you made the right call?

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DrBill's avatar

Option 1, Kill a man who does not know you’re there hiding on a balcony
Option 2, Do nothing, and let him harm the child he is holding.

I picked Option 1

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

When you’re faced with that it really sucks. I had a choice of two really crappy options and it will mess with you pretty good.

Berserker's avatar

The only times I have decisions like these to make is when I’m playing a strategic RPG. Things, like drink a potion, use up that turn and do no damage, or don’t drink a potion, do damage but end up not killing the adversary, waste that turn and then get killed after.

_Whitetigress's avatar

Getting caught stealing at a department store. Pay a hefty fine to the department store, or face prosecution and police report write up and goods penalty fine.

Mariah's avatar

When I was 16 I had to choose between starting a scary medication or… well, my other choice wasn’t really a choice, because it was just to continue getting ill. I guess when I put it that way, it doesn’t sound like much of a difficult decision, but I agonized about it. I was just bitter that I didn’t actually have another good option, because I really didn’t want to take that medication. In the end I had to, of course, and it helped me for a while.

Then when I was 18 I had a choice between keeping my colon or going to college. I state it that way because I think I could have avoided surgery if I had not gone to college. Basically, I had learned that if my stress levels rise above zero, I get ill. I did everything I could to learn to manage stress better, but finally I realized there was just no way I was going to get through any semblance of a normal life without running into stress. And there was just no question in my mind that a college education had to be part of my life.

There is a quote that I have grown to love because it summarized this period of my life very well – “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” – William Shedd

filmfann's avatar

I have several stories that would work well on this thread, but today is not the day to tell them.
As for the final decisions, I don’t mind losing if it is for the right reasons.

trailsillustrated's avatar

Ha ha i have way more stories like that, than I could tell-short answer, get out of that place.

Bellatrix's avatar

I have been lucky not to be in this position often. The only major thing that springs to mind is the break up of my first marriage. To stay in a bad marriage, or to become a single parent with young children while I was studying. In the end I don’t think I made a decision as much as life dictated the path but I knew I was a role model for my kids and I didn’t want them to think they should stay in the sort of situation I was in. So, being just me and them was a million times better than settling for a bad relationship.

ucme's avatar

Date the ginger girl at school, or face being beaten up by her much older brother?
I chose the red-head, self preservation is the only way forward.

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