Uncertainty might just be the scariest part of life. Not knowing what tomorrow will bring. Playing future conversations on a loop in the back of my mind. It’s intimidating to be out of control. It brings about an anxiety that rarely comes all the way to the surface, but when I’m left not knowing what my fate might be, it’s sickening.
I can feel the tension building in my neck and shoulders telling me that I can’t relax or enjoy the world around me until I every detail planned out. My urge to write out checklists and color code my date book for fear of forgetting to do something is not only time consuming, but energy draining.
“It is how we embrace the uncertainty in our lives that leads to the greatest transformations of our souls…”
There’s something quite incredible though about seeing life unfold. As fragile as it may be, it is also coarse, moving forwards swiftly. These are the moments when you must trust the wait. Instead of rushing to figure out every detail – pause – let it gradually come together, because life just might surprise you. This has been incredibly difficult for me, but the times when I am the most relaxed are when I block the stress of needing to have every minute of the day scheduled.
I’ve learned to enjoy the moments that seem insignificant, rather than rushing to the next planned task. Practicing taking in those fleeting giggles of pure joy and smiles of aspiration are lovely reminders of the what it means to stop and smell the roses. My best advice is: don’t get so caught up in planning the future that you miss out on the journey of getting there because looking back, you’ll realize that was truly the most glorious part. You see, when nothing is certain, suddenly everything and anything becomes possible.
“Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later…”
This means dreams can be brought to life. Goals can be achieved and surpassed. Nothing is off limits and nothing is out of reach. So, when the anxiety creeps in and tells you to panic because you aren’t sure what the rest of your life is going to look like – pause – and then remember that life is made up of millions of heartbeats, inhales and exhales. Each one important and each one building on the next. So tell that anxiety to simmer down and just breathe. Enjoy the journey. Enjoy the beauty of becoming you.