You got to trust your gut when you're young to the extent your gut is right.
Your gut can only be right to the extent it's aligned with eternal principles. You gotta become a hunter sometimes. You gotta go places and do things. Perhaps, make mistakes. Perhaps, things don't work out. We are hunters and gatherers as Joe Rogan likes to say. Historically, humans fall into certain patterns.
The freedom comes in the awareness of historical patterns.
Here are a few photos of when my mom married Ronald P. Hunter on Saturday, the 4th of September of 1971. My mom was 20 years old. She married a cop. Ironically, after that, she ended up marrying a fireman, that is my dad.