Uncertainty is an incredible thing to experience and all humans face it in some way. Today you may be hungry, wondering where your next meal is coming from. Tomorrow you may be cold–homeless or unable to fill up the gas in your home’s water heater. Another day you might be in a relationship and trying to navigate how or where things go.
Uncertainty is an incredible thing that tests all of our being.
Most of uncertainty is out of our control. For me, uncertainty has meant fear, loneliness and worry. Even surrounded, there are things people just won’t understand or comprehend.
When I was a kid, this looked like being the only kid in my Indian-church community that showed up from a battered home with an absent father who was on his way out.
As an adult, it’s meant being the one guy in management consulting that’s quitting to travel and more recently the only cat in my friend group taking on a very high-risk job in a startup.
It has been my experience that people don’t look optimistically at your adventures. They recognize risk quickly and are quick to point that to you, through no fault of their own. We are programmed to survive. I want to believe that they want to help us survive. In the thick of uncertainty what you don’t need is people putting you down or wavering in their faith. What you really don’t need is to be putting yourself down or wavering in your self.
Whatever you are working on, through or for. Keep working.
Keep the faith. Release what you can’t control. Own what you can control. Rest. Hydrate. Exercise. Recognize your emotions and talk about it with people you trust. Hold on tight to those dreams and keep at it.
When the light shines on you, you’ll be ready.