You can’t live without uncertainty.
Yet, every moment you try to avoid the inevitable, the more uncertainty draws you closer. You’re not meant to know everything. Could you imagine a life where every part of it is revealed to you?
That would be so boring.
Uncertainty always gets a bad rap. No one wants to deal with not knowing.
But how do you manage such a permanent concept? As creatives who have something in this world that you wish to pursue and create, uncertainty will wedge its way between where you are and where you want to be.
Because sure you want a guarantee that someone will read that book, listen to that song, buy that painting or want whatever problem you’re trying to solve.
Like I said, uncertainty gets a bad rap, but that’s part of the unfolding. How often have you said, “I never thought this would happen?” For better or for worse, that’s uncertainty.
If you allow it, uncertainty leads to beautiful experiences. Because it opens doors that weren’t there before. It leads you to people that weren’t in your life before, or it helps you to see people differently. And you evolve because of uncertainty.
So how do you become comfortable with uncertainty? Practice putting yourself in situations that you don’t know the answers. And be open to that journey.
Practice letting go of the things in your life that you want and feel the need to know the answers. Say to yourself, I may not know what’s on the other side, but I’m willing to commit to the journey. It’s in your best interest to do so.
Uncertainty isn’t going anywhere. To fight it is futile. It’s a fight you can’t win.
So, creatives, if you’re ready to embrace the ambivalence, then I’m prepared to support you.
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