Daily Blog #281
Do you ever wake up in the morning, think about all that you have to do for the day, and try to plan out every single little detail? You try to guess ahead and imagine how your boss is going to react when you ask for that raise, what the weather is going to be like tomorrow, and just exactly what you are going to do once your are finally able to escape the prison walls that are better known as your cubicle.
How many times do these circumstances ever play out exactly how you imagined it would? Never. But yet, no matter how many times we find ourselves having thought of the wrong outcome, we never stop doing it. We never stop trying to look ahead and predict the future before it even happens. Why? Because we, as humans, love to be certain.
We crave certainty. We crave the feeling of knowing exactly what the future holds, even if it’s just wanting to know what is going to happen in five minutes from now. Even more-so, we crave control. It’s okay, these desire that we crave are human nature. We hate the thought of not knowing, and hate the thought of being wrong even more.
Reality is, though, we are never going to know what the future is going to hold. Whether it be a minute, an hour, a day, a year, a century, we will never be able to accurately predict what is going to happen next. So why is it that we even try to chase the sense of certainty when it doesn’t even exist? If you ask me, that is what I would call a big waste of time.
The reason that we want and crave certainty in life is because we want to feel comfort and safety. All of us want to know exactly what the future holds so that we can prepare ourselves properly. We want to know if it is going to rain so that we can grab an umbrella. We want to know what that person is going to say when we ask them on a date so that in case they say no, we can save ourselves the embarrassment of being rejected. We want to know if we will fail before we even try so that we can save our time and energy. But none of this is realistic.
Think of all of the successful people that you admire. Your parents, your favorite movie star, a highly successful entrepreneur, ect. Do you think they have always had life figured out? No. In fact, there were, and still are many days where they experience doubt, wonder if what they are doing is going to bring them success, and what the consequences are going to be if they fail.
While every successful individual has shared similar thoughts of failure at one point or another, they all got to where they are for one reason, and one reason only. They didn’t let any of the uncertainties in life stop them from at least trying. They embraced the uncertainty in life, and realized that failing was at least better than not even trying.
The thing that we all need to realize about uncertainty, is that uncertainty creates opportunity. If we go through our life doing the same exact things with the same exact routine, how can we expect anything to change in our lives? How can we expect anything to happen that hasn’t already happened?
If we don’t embrace uncertainty, then we will never know what that person is going to say when we ask them out. If we don’t embrace uncertainty, we will never know if our dreams will become our reality. And if we don’t embrace uncertainty, we will never know how it feels to be successful and truly happy in life.
Success is never guaranteed, and I will be the first to tell you that happiness is not always guaranteed either. But the only way that you will ever be able to find out what happiness and success feel like if you haven’t already experienced them before, is by trying something you haven’t done. You need to embrace uncertainty and seek new opportunities.
Life is one grand adventure. We are not meant to go through the days following the same routine, doing the same things throughout the day, or spending time with only a few people. We are meant to explore, to create new relationships, to experience all of the beauty that this world has to offer, and to seek new adventures.
Embracing uncertainty is the only way that you are ever going to be able to change your life. So do it. Not tomorrow, not in an hour, but right now. We never know when we will die, so learn to live the best life that you can possibly live during the precious time that you are alive.
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