Get To NOT Got To

Have you ever said you have “got to go to work?” Of course, you have. Think about that statement for a moment. You most certainly don’t have to go to work. An available option would be obtaining your nourishment from a food bank, sleeping on a cot in a friend’s basement and spending your days on a park bench. If you have a paying job, you can afford better and should be saying that you “get to go to work.”

Admittedly, the example above is an extreme one used only to drive home a point. We are all free to make many choices. None of us have got to stay in school, buy a new car, quit smoking, lose weight, visit a friend, mow the lawn, see to the needs of a loved one, take care of our heath, and many more. This is a free country. While each choice we make has consequences, we get to do what we want to do. There are very few things that we have got to do.

So, the next time you feel like you got to, remind yourself that you get to (or not).

About authorbillramsey

During his forty-year professional career, Bill Ramsey wrote magazine articles and business newsletters. Now retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, he writes a blog and has published four books. Bill's 2015 collection of concise, real-life essays is titled "What Do YOU Think?" He has also written "Me Now - Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery)" and "Now That I Think About It. Bill's books and are available from and on all e-readers. See Follow Bill on Facebook at
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2 Responses to Get To NOT Got To

  1. Good point! Now I gotta go make some oatmeal. 🙂


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