Of course, commitments are not all bad. Some commitments lead to wonderful things. A committed relationship, a good marriage, a lifelong partnership—these things bring a reward to the spirit unattainable otherwise. All great things happen as a result of commitment. We committed to the defeat of Hitler and won World War II. We committed to little more than a halfhearted resistance to Communism in Vietnam, and that war is today a scar on our nation. James Cameron committed more money than had ever been spent on making a movie and gave us Avatar. JoAnn and I committed to each other and found lifelong joy.
Can we lead an uncommitted life? Yes. Will it lead to greatness? No.
As we finally gain maturity, we learn to embrace commitment, for without it we simply stumble through an uncommitted life filled with small memories. We must put away childish things and step up. We must take a stand, make a decision, and commit ourselves to something, or else we will have to live with the consequences of never having done so.