Prioritization and choice define the pathway through life.
Sometimes choices expand, and sometimes they get squeezed. Choices increase or decrease based on prior choices. Equally they can change based on innumerable factors beyond our control.
Our choices will determine the universe of actions from which we must prioritize. First, though, we need to define what that universe is; not what we’d like them to be, but realistically what they are.
Prioritizing based on imagined choices, or choosing based on impractical priorities makes for a disappointing life, because our achievement rate will be lower than if we’re realistic.
One simple example is buying lottery tickets. If we saved the money we might otherwise waste on extreme longshots, we’ll end up decisively better off.