‘I have to’ vs. ‘I get to’

I have to practice singing this song today.
I get to sing this song today.

I have to pass this tough math examination next week.
I get to write this tough math examination next week.

I have to start work at 9 AM tomorrow.
I get to work at 9 AM tomorrow.

I have to read one book every week this year.
I get to read a book every week this year.

As free individuals, we don’t have to do anything. We get to do them. Framing things that way reminds us of how these are choices we have voluntarily made.

However, with this power to choose also come the responsibility of bearing the consequences of our choices. Our discomfort with this tension often leads us to believe that we have too many obligations.

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